There was a time, long ago, when I would watch my favorite shows and relate with the kids. I couldn’t wait to get into high school a la Saved by the Bell or Boy Meets World or some other show filled with budding teenagers, and bump into the new guy by the lockers. He would knock the books out of my hand and we would fall in love as he helped me pick them up. Making the cheerleading squad, getting asked to the prom, getting rid of that zit and getting invited to the best parties were my biggest concerns. The principals, teachers and parents on those shows were corny and strict and old and stupid.
As time went on, I started to think I could relate more to the cool, single adults on TV. I’d watch Sex and the City and Friends and imagine how awesome it was going to be when I got to my 20s and I would go on dates with different guys every week, forming little to no emotional attachments except with those few “loves of my life.” I would live in a cool apartment in a cool city and my neighbors would be my best friends. At least one of them would be kind of famous in some way. I couldn’t wait, even though it seemed like it would take so long to get there.
Now when I watch these shows, I find myself wondering where the time went. Thanks to repeats, I get to watch the earliest (and best) seasons of Friends, and instead of thinking, “When I get to be older like Monica Geller…”, I get to think, “What?! When the H did I get OLDER than MONICA GELLAR?!”
These days, when I watch those shows with the cool people in their 20s, I have nothing left to anticipate – I’m already there. And my life is nothing like that! I have no set hangout place where all of my friends know to meet everyday after work, I don’t have enough clothes to wear something different every day of my life, and all of my problems are never solved within a half-hour!
And when I watch teen-based shows I find myself agreeing with the “adults” more and more. I even laugh at their jokes now. When did Danny Tanner become the funniest one on Full House?! Suddenly DJ Tanner’s problems seem so trivial, but Uncle Jesse’s career trials and tribulations hit home.
Sure, I could switch the channel and watch Courteney Cox on Cougar Town and feel good about not catching up to her newest TV persona yet. I could watch reruns of Desperate Housewives and dream of the days when I’m older and and having deep conversations with my children and a secret affair with the hot plumber… But it seems in the blink of an eye I will surpass even that!I guess all any of us can do is live in the moment and make the most of every stage of our lives. Because before we know it, we’ll be relating with the Golden Girls.
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