As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've lost a lot of good television in the past year. So I was excited to discover Girls, a new HBO Sunday night series, filling the proverbial and physical spot of past loves of mine, like Entourage and How to Make it in America, that are no longer. I read an interview with the creator/writer/directer/star, Lena Dunham, and was really intrigued. Girls is meant to be the anti Sex and the City and in a way document the lives of several 25 year olds who have come to New York to find that glamour and the glitz and realize it's not nearly as easily attainable as Carrie Bradshaw made it seem. I have to say that I didn't love the pilot but after viewing the below clip I decided that I'm going to keep watching because I so admire Lena Dunham and identify with so much of what she says.
In the pilot, Lena's character, Hannah, says to her parents, "Do you know how lucky you are? I could be a drug addict." I have uttered those exact words to my own when they were mad at me about something that seemed utterly trivial at the time and reminding them what a "good" kid I am seemed like my best defense. And I may or may not have thought the line in the title of this post to myself. And aloud. About a thousand times. A friendly reminder that I'm not the only one.
I love her quip about the interesting mix of complete self confidence and no self worth that is the trademark of 24 year old girls and Jewish comediennes. I have to say I love that this girl who is not classically beautiful or paper thin is out there, brilliant and funny as hell, living her dream and totally kicking ass. I see a bit of myself in her and hope I am able to find within myself the brazen bravery she exudes to be able to follow the path to my dreams.