Chick Literal

You Are Not Robin Scherbatsky (Unfortunately)

Dear Self,

You are not Robin Scherbatsky.  (If you were, you probably would have failed kindergarten at least twice due to your inability to spell your own last name.)  Yes, you and Robin are both career-minded brunettes.  Yes, you’re both fiercely independent.  Yes, you both love scotch and New York City.  But you’re not Robin Scherbatsky (and not just because you don’t like guns or hockey or cigars).  Frankly, I kind of wish you were Robin.

Yes, self, for once, this isn’t about how you need to stop emulating a character who constantly makes terrible self sabotaging decisions.  Frankly, if you had to pick a TV character to be, Robin’s a pretty solid choice.  She used to be a Canadian pop star.  She travels.  She’s good at laser tag.  She dates cute guys (Enrique Inglesias! James van der Beek!).   She has a fantastic career.  Her haircuts are always adorable.

Self, feel free to take a page or two out of Robin’s book at any time.  (Anyone who can manage to keep five dogs in an apartment in Brooklyn must be doing something right.)  She excelled at exactly what you’re trying to do right now – starting a life from scratch in a new city and making an awesome group of friends while being great at her job.  She’s capable of having actual normal, meaningful friendships with her exes.  Sure, she’s made her mistakes, but who hasn’t?  She’s only human.

Except that she isn’t.  Robin has the superhuman power of being a television character.  Robin has writers who script her life to work out in a way that can be realistic, but also satisfying.  Robin can declare that she’s not interested in marriage and wants to focus on her career, and still end up married to Doogie Houser.  She can have a terrible year, and then by being in the right place at the right time, get an amazing new job.  Robin’s life is cool and interesting because no one watches TV shows about boring people.  It’s certainly not that you can’t be Robin, but you might have to work a little harder at it.

Self, for once, I’m giving you the green light.  Go forth and emulate.  (Okay, not everything…don’t date your therapist and then cheat on him with your ex-boyfriend.  That’s not great.)  Robin’s a woman who knows what she wants and proactively works to get it.  She deals with her breakups like a normal person and then gets over them.  (Okay, so she’s a TV character and therefore has one multi-season relationship she’s going to end up with, but at least her interim relationships seem like valid attempts and not just placeholders.)  She works hard, she plays hard and she starred in an educational children’s television show.  So no, self, you’re not Robin Scherbatsky…yet.



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  • Mariana Ocejo

    I have this thing in which I get too involved with TV Shows, specially Friends and How I Met Your Mother (I like Gossip Girl too, but I wouldn’t like to be involved in all that drama, I’m a drama-free girl). Since I moved to NYC from L.A. in January 2012 I walk the streets of this city feeling like a character of a TV Show or chick-flick. I say I am some sort of female version of Ted Mosby because I’m a hopeless romantic and I too want to find “the one”, but also there’s a little of Monica Geller in me (I’m a neat/organizer freak) and a little bit of Rachel (someone someday told me I reminded him of Rachel, and I chose to believe him, cause she’s cool and pretty). So I’d say I’m Monica Rachel Mosby, that’s right, first name: Monica, middle name: Rachel, last name: Mosby. I even found my own MacLarens (Spring Lounge), the only thing missing are the awesome friends. None of my friends seem to want to be in my version of How I Met Your Mother, they rather live their Gossip Girl wannabe lives. So, if someone in NYC reads this and wants to be one of my awesome friends, here I am.

  • Erin Elizabeth Davis

    Totally understand and get it….except I’m Lily Aldrin. Relationship gal, artsy, cook, and would love to be able to teach. I strive to be the cool girlfriend in my life because the guys on the show seem to think (to me) she’s a cool girlfriend/wife. Plus she’s married to Jason Segel, I have the biggest crush on him! And she has the second best catch phrases (of course Barney is #1) “You son of a bitch! (in cool Russian accent)” “Where’s the poop Robin, where’s the poop?”

  • Trish Rollins

    I so don’t see the appeal to Robin. I often find her whiny and obnoxious. I’m disappointed in the show for letting Barney end up with her. He oozes awesomeness and she only thinks she does. Maybe that’s it. She’s cocky but undeservingly so. Now I’m rambling but my point is Andrea, I bet you’re way better than Robin Scherbatsky.

  • Ana Garcia

    i couldn’t agree more. Shes a super role model and i actually don’t mind that she ends up with Barney because they are both equally AWESOME! Yes they have both made mistakes when it comes down to relationships. Yet this is what maes them so perfect for each other. but now i am just talking about the show. but i totally agree with you

  • Samantha Kirschberg

    Just wanted to say I love this! Robin is awesome!

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