Quarterlife Lessons From the HBO Show “Girls”: S2E6-E9

(Post about the season 2 premiere is here, the post about S2E2 is here, the one about S2E4 is here. S2E5 here. No, I didn’t write about episode 3, and I slacked off for 4 episodes. Stop yelling at me.)

Tonight is going to be the season two finale of the HBO show Girls, in order to honor Lena Dunham, I decided to finally stop procrastinating, hunker down, and blog about the last 4 episodes during my one-month blogging hiatus.

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“Boys” Season 2 6th episode or #16 overall

Or the episode where you realize that Ray is a lot more screwed up that you thought before

(Official HBO recap video and “Inside the Episode”)

This episode is aptly named because just like none of the four central female protagonists have matured into real women yet, none of the male ones are real men either. They’re dudes, they’re guys, and they’re boys.

I love, love, love the scenes with Adam and Ray. When Adam randomly asks Ray for help, he was flattered that someone would deem him manly enough for “extra muscle type of backup.: And when Ray agrees, Adam awkwardly says “Ummm alright. Ummm thank you,” it’s so endearing but you realize that he is simply not used to expressing gratitude. When will our society stop pushing socially constructed gendered roles and instead encourage open communication in men, starting when they’re young’uns? I want to know.

Anyway, I think what happened is that before, Ray at least feels like he’s better than a few people in the world and that included Hannah, but now that Hannah might become a semi-legit writer, he feels the need to belittle her to feel better about himself. Ray tries to get Adam to agree with him, thinking it’ll be real easy to hate on an ex, but Adam surprisingly is very honest about the situation, which is that “everyone’s difficult” and they are both flawed.

LESSONS:

  1. If you have to barf in public, try to do it into a trash can– When Hannah gets offered an e-book deal verbally (…seriously, I would ask for that stuff in a legal document to sign and date), she gets so nervous that she throws up right outside a café, onto a tree by the curb to much of the other patrons’ horror. I used to get sick a lot when I was in elementary school, so I know from personal experience that you should try to master the skill of holding that in or run for the nearest dumpster, ditch, or toilet.
  2. Women and men have very different ideas about what outlines the steps mark the progress of a romantic relationship.- When Booth Jonathan asks Marnie to host a party at his house for him, both Shoshanah and Marnie immediately assumes that this means he thinks she’s girlfriend material when really, Marnie’s just a good PR hostess to him. I can totally see the ladies’ reasoning: “Oh I’ll be presented as the lady of his house to all his friends and party guests? I must be his girlfriend! Totes.” It is tricky to know whether someone introduces you to his friends because he likes you and wants his friends to get to know you, or if as soon as you go to the bathroom, he smirks and boasts to his friends “Yeah so I’ve banging THOSE great tits wassup?!”  Continue reading

The Real Girl’s Guide’s to Getting Through And Over A Break Up (Part 2 of 2)

I did it before, and so did a lot of other people...and so can you!

So now that you’ve gone through the worst part of the process (if the breakup just happened recently and you feel horrible pretty damn often, please refer to Part 1), it’s time to get ready for full recovery. YAY!

This phase is more about repositioning your thinking. There are still plenty of physical actions you can take, but mostly I think it’s important to try different perspectives.

Do NOT doubt that the breakup was for the best. Put in an oversimplied way, it happened for only 3 possible situations:

(1) You broke up with him/her, so you know the reason why OR (2) She/he broke up with you, so you two are just not compatible OR (3) Both of you agreed to break up together for a reason

In all likely circumstances, the decision to break up is always executed with a rationale. I’m a big fan of “listening to your heart” usually but in this case, stick to this logic because otherwise, your heart will just suffer more for no reason.

Believe that what is meant to happen always do no matter what. It does not make a difference if there was more time, or if more efforts were made, etc. As with anything else in life, if you cannot change something, accept it as a non-issue and move on. It is not your fault (well, unless you did something objectively horrible like cheated on someone, but then again I doubt someone unfaithful would read this).

Do NOT dwell in the past. Every time you miss your ex, try this trick: stop remembering the positives and recount every negative quality about that person and every bad action he or she has ever done. If you’re short on time, focus on the few that piss you off the most. Seriously! And when you get lonely and start reminiscing about your ex, recognize that you most likely just miss having a boy/girlfriend and being in a relationship in general; you don’t miss your ex as a person in particular. SPECIAL ADDED NOTE: One of my best friends Ashley pointed out that this part sounds really harsh, so I wanted to clarify: I’m not telling you to hate your ex (but if you want to, go ahead). Rather it’s important to realistically examine both the negative side and the positive side of things. Usually when you can recall what was good about your last relationship and ex without wanting to get back to that, that’s a sign that you have truly moved on.

Disassociate everything from him and what happened. Chances are that a lot of things will remind you of him, but just try to see them in a different light: If you pass by a place that you used to go with your ex, instead of I wish I can go there again with ______, how about I really like that place and I will go there soon with somebody else? As for objects, in this day and age, there are thousands of duplicates of pretty much anything; therefore, items are not unique and should not be connected with any undesirable memories. Use that same logic for everything: activities, people, etc.

Overall, look ahead and think forward, but stay in the present and do NOT fantasize about the future. Consider making a list of attributes you would like your next boyfriend or relationship to have. Do not hope for your ex to come back crawling for your forgiveness. Nor is anyone suddenly going to change for the better and ask you to get back together. You might argue that this could totally happen. My counterargument is that if it’s going to happen, then it will regardless of what you’re thinking in your head. By holding on to someone old, you’re cockblocking yourself from all other new and better candidates.

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The Real Girl’s Guide to Getting Through And Over A Break Up (Part 1 of 2)

(If I have a choice, I would prefer to use the phrase “not a girl, not yet a woman” from the brilliant Britney Spears song to describe myself here, but alas, it is too long)

As reminded by all the marketing efforts, Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. As a single person, I’m mildly irritated at most (Um, no, saleslady. I am not buying these red heels for a romantic dinner with my boyfriend, geez! Can’t I just like ‘em?), but then I started thinking about how horrible it would be to go through a breakup around this holiday.

I remember Googling “how to get over a breakup” when I had my first one ever, but couldn’t find anything that helped me that much. I wanted concrete, practical advice from preferably someone similar to me, but mostly only came across vague guidelines. That was quite some years ago, so I’m sure better articles have been published now, but I still want to write this.

I am by no means an expert, and I am only turning 24 in a few days. I am also not a very saintly person, either. Yet it is precisely because I’m an imperfect regular young person that I wanted to share. Have you never wondered about how other “real girls” around your age deal with situations that you’re going through? Aha!

I know that everyone’s different, everyone’s situation is different, and people deal with things differently, but even if I help just one person (who thinks a lot like me, probably) a tiny bit, then this is totally worth it.

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