Sex & the City: A window into my 20's

18 May 2016

Dear Friend,

Sex and the City is like a window into my 20's. It was that wild cocktail of sex, fashion and friendship that got me hooked from the first episode. The frankness of the women was something that I really admired. It didn't have the brashness of the girl power message sold to girls in the UK but it was showing a side to women and particularly their friendships that we hadn't seen previously.

The theme tune always makes me smile as it conjures up fantastic memories of fun-filled nights with my best friends in my flat. The nights we spent putting the world to rights, supporting each other through break-ups or celebrating our successes. Didn't we all have conversations about which one of the girls we were most like?

The magic part of the writing was that I could see elements of my personality in all the girls and wanted them each to be my friend. Candace Bushnell was speaking the thoughts and feeling of a generation of single women.

My top 15 quotes from Sex & the city...

"Man may have discovered fire but women discovered how to play with it."

“Maybe mistakes are what make our fate... without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn't fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart... and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away” 

"They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style."

"And finally, the most important break up rule: no matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never go through it, without your friends.”

“The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them and others you don’t, but in the end they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into. And sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself.”

The fact is, sometimes it's hard to walk in a single woman's shoes. That's why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun. 

“I admit it’s tempting to wish for the perfect boss, or the perfect parent, or the perfect outfit, but the best anyone of us can do is not quit. Play the hand we’ve been given, and accessorize the outfit we’ve got."

“Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives?” 

“And we were dressed from head to toe in love, the style that never goes out of fashion.” 

“And why is it that we can see our friends perfectly but when it comes to ourselves, no matter how hard we look, do we ever see ourselves clearly?”

The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.

After a while you just want to be with the one who makes you laugh.
"Eventually all the pieces fall into place. . . until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment, and know that everything happens for a reason."

"Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding exactly what we want, and just see what happens." 

"Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe, you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be."

Which program is a window to your past?

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