*Spoilers do appear in this article, so read carefully or come back and read once you finish! 🙂
I swear it wasn’t “the time of the month” when I watch ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ on Netflix this past week, but I was bawling numerous times (mostly through the Fall episode). I think it struck a cord a bit with me and let me explain why:
Because their life was moving on and changing, and so was mine.
Now let me explain further (pull up a chair, we might be here for awhile)…
The Winter through Spring episodes were great, I loved them and felt like they did an awesome job bringing in characters and keeping their identity. The Fall episode is the one where I just broke. I literally wondered if I was having a quarter-life crisis, but then decided the next morning it was just the drama of the show that got me.
Throughout the seasons, we watch Rory struggle as a super-smart 32-year old finding her place in journalism and it’s refreshing in a way because it’s like, hey – here’s a Yale graduate who is broke and technically homeless. You’re doin’ alright, Stephanie. It was important, though, because I’m sure I’m not alone in every-so-often feeling like you’re not where you should be in life or that OMG you’re over 25, why do you have so much student loan debt? But, cmon. It’s life. It’s what happens. You’re okay – just keep doin’ you and working hard (this is my inner therapist talking right now, she hijacked my blog real quick).
Let me back up real quick: I’m currently reading this book called Slipstream Time Hacking (BONUS: You can get this fo free if you have a kindle or download it as a PDF!) and it has made me think a lot about time. What it means to actually live your life and spend your time wisely. I’ll save this positive rant for another post, but it has me realizing that a week that goes by fast is not a week well spent, you need to savor your time. Have you ever noticed that a vacation might feel like it’s going slow at times? That’s a good thing! I had no idea. But now everything makes sense and I think about time throughout the day to slow down and live in the moment more. Which is why when I was watching their year fly by and knowing that it was about to be all over in less than 90 minutes, I was starting to realize that my life is already over 26 years done. WHERE DID IT GO. It made me realize that we don’t really let ourselves turn the page and live for the next moment smartly.
When Rory and Logan were having their official goodbye: I translated this into all of the relationships and memories I’ve made that I never really closed, I just moved on and kept letting life happen. There are people we will never see again in our lives and we don’t want to believe that nor do we want to think about it so we just keep living. What if we actually got to give someone we will never see again a hug and a proper goodbye? Can you imagine what life would be like then?
Now you can see why I was an emotional wreck and poor Brandon was like, OMG, I have officially married one of those girls who is crying at the TV screen because of a fake show. All that was missing was a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, guys.
Richard’s death didn’t help either (of course). Watching Lorelai come to terms with herself and calling her mom on her “Wild trip”, I was completely melting down. It just stuck a dagger in my emotions of me realizing I didn’t properly get to tell people in my life goodbye because I wasn’t ready and now it’s too late. For those who don’t know, I lost my Aunt Diane the day before college started and I’ve had lots of time to cope, but it still doesn’t get easy. Including the fact that I got to move on quickly because I began an entire new chapter of my life the following day called college! So it hit home a bit.
With my puffy red eyes, Brandon attempted to ask me why it was sad and I couldn’t even explain Richard’s actual death without choking up. DAMNIT GILMORE GIRLS.
So that’s pretty much my emotional ‘Gilmore Girls’ post. Now onto the future of ‘Gilmore Girls’.
Those last four words. NOT what I was expecting. Throughout the entire season, I was trying to put it together. I can’t tell you how many times I said words out loud while counting to four on my fingers… I thought someone was going to ask Rory to marry her! UGHHHHH
The issue here is we know it’s Logan (who I LOVE) and that he will be what Rory’s dad was to Lorelai, so Rory will raise the child by herself and maybeeee Jess will be her Luke?
Guys, talk to me. What are your thoughts on all of this???