I am so enjoying the “Sex In The City” spinoff, “And Just Like That”. It seems like only yesterday (such a cliche) that I was enthralled with the original series. It encompassed so much that I found entertaining… the fashion, life in a big city, relationships, bad choices, exciting careers, and of course, men. It was refreshing that the writers were gutsy enough to tackle sensitive topics. I could identify with each of the characters in some way, but on a deeper level, Carrie became my alter-ego. Not only did we share a passion for writing, but our love of shoes, especially high heels was a match. Once a week for the duration of the series, I lived vicariously through this character. Yes, I know, I know! The series was frivolous and often too sugary sweet and silly, or for some offensive in content, but they touched on real topics that many women could relate to in their own lives.
Sometime ago when the “family cottage” was still in our possession, a weekend guest left the entire “Sex In The City” box set behind. I watched the episodes over and over. At some point, my son invited a friend of his to join us for a short visit. As was generally the case, we would play cards or a random board game in the evening and then watch a DVD since there was no television reception. On this particular occasion, I woke in the morning to find my son’s guest relaxing on the couch absorbing an episode of my favorite. I jokingly asked him if he was desperate for something to watch. “Not at all,” he assured me with eyes glazed over from lack of sleep. “I’ve learned more about how women think and talk than I ever thought possible.”
The new series has been met with plenty of criticism. Someone even wrote that the characters are old and unappealing now, that they have wrinkles and a few extra pounds, that women don’t talk or think this way as they age. I am here to tell you that they do. Just because we get older, does not mean that we lose interest in our appearance or our sexuality. Now, to be honest, some women never show an interest in these topics, and they will never start as they age. We all know those ladies who are old before their time.
For me, aging has come with its own set of problems and changes, but it has been the most freeing time of my life. I no longer feel the need to conform to societies expectations. I have laboriously climbed the mountain of building a career, making a home, raising children, and yes, even losing my spouse, but I made it, theoretically, to the top. The only negative of this is that I am now on the downside of that damn mountain, and we know how much faster it is to come downhill. However, I intend to squeeze every moment of pleasure out of whatever time I have remaining. Betty White is my new inspiration.
I will dress up and show up for every opportunity to enjoy my life. The fact that I have like-minded girlfriends makes my life even sweeter. Look out world! We are coming for you!!!
Thanks for reading,