Am I Rory Gilmore?

As I’ve been re-watching Gilmore Girls, I’ve been feeling more and more like Rory Gilmore. Except I didn’t attend a private high school, wasn’t valedictorian, or go to an Ivy League school. But, I am an only child, majored in journalism during college, huge coffee drinker and have a close relationship with my parents. Not quite Lorelai and Rory close, but still close. Personality wise though I’m realizing I share a lot of the same traits Rory exemplifies, positive or negative.

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When Rory is moving into Yale, she accuses Lorelai of not socializing her properly. Rory can be painfully shy at times, and I’m exactly the same way. I feel like this is a downside to being an only child. As a child, I got used to playing by myself or being around my parents. There wasn’t anyone to push me further out of my bubble. This also leads you to be a quiet kid all around. My teachers, bosses, coworkers, relatives, friends, the list goes on have all commented on how quiet I can be.

One criticism of Rory is that she is selfish and self-centered. It’s pretty clear throughout the show this is the case. And, as an only child, I will admit, I can be very selfish and self-centered. It’s not something I’m proud of, and something I’m trying to work on. It’s one of the things that is a blessing and a curse of being an only child. You can become very selfish (I’m terrible at sharing), but it can also make you fiercely independent. I’ll admit, I think about just myself a lot. This is a terrible trait about myself, and it is hard to work on.

But, also as in the reboot, we see Rory is failing and flailing at life. This is how I currently feel. Approaching 30, hoping I figure out things soon. Like Rory, I thought I would have some success in life right now, but I don’t have much to show for anything right now. I’m still trudging on like Rory. I hope to figure it out soon. Just without the messy romantic relationships, and the now infamous four last words of Gilmore Girls.

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