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It is hard being young. Our paths are uncarved, our twenties are the time when we really try to develop where we want to project ourselves for the rest of our time. Okay, that sounds very dramatic and one can always change her path later on into life, but as a young woman on the verge of twenty, this is overwhelmingly daunting. I often feel like one of the characters on the HBO series, Girls. I am trying to figure everything out, but at the same time I am afraid of messing up everything I hope to achieve.
Hannah Horvath is a young woman living in New York City trying to be a famous writer. She struggles with finding a job that she actually likes, being in a non-toxic relationship, dealing with her friends’ problems, and trying to discover who she is. Really, Hannah is not very different from who I am. I have to say my life is not as dramatic as Hannah’s, Marnie’s, Jessa’s, or Shoshana’s, but the circumstances they find themselves in remind me a lot of where I am right now. This scares the shit out of me. I never want to be like the characters on this show. Yeah, the show is satiric, but it reveals this crazy truth about our generation.
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It frightens me immensely to think that in a few years I may be in the same place as Hannah at any point throughout the five, going on six, seasons of Girls. I never want to be as lost as any of the characters, ever. Is their disillusionment and confusion with life just a byproduct of their shitty decisions or characteristic of our generation? Hannah makes some awful choices that make her give a friend a blowjob in his food truck thus causing him to CRASH IT; Marnie gets married WAY too soon into the relationship; Shosh fails one of her classes and can’t graduate on time; and Jessa lets her boss talk her into helping her commit suicide. I don’t know, I really don’t want to deal with this kind of stuff when I am further into my twenties or really ever.
I, in no sense, make the same kinds of decisions that the characters on Girls do on a daily basis. I am pretty different from them, but at the same time, I see myself in them. I have OCD like Hannah; I want to invest myself further into my art like Marnie; I am still in love with my ex and want him back more than anything like Shosh; and I am just a little too frank for my own good like Jessa.
My future can’t be anything like their present. My parents would totally kill me if they knew I was just kinda bumming around New York, switching jobs constantly like Hannah does. There is a lot of pressure on youngins to get our lives together as soon as possible, but the satire of HBO Girls is too real for me.
As millennials, we have so much weight on our shoulders which I think makes us a little too flighty for our own good. I don’t know how we can even attempt to fix this. All I know is, that I am scared. I know my life will never be like any of the girls’ on the show. It is still frightening to think that there is even the slightest possibility that I could be anything like these women. The future is scary, and all I can think of is when Jessa tells Hannah, “All adventurous women do.”
FYI: Jessa says this in reference to HPV. Always use a condom, friends.