Late night Sex and the City runs on Paramount have given me a lot of inspiration of late...
Oh, The Way We Were!
...But it's Barbra Streisand as the passionate, fiercely intellectual, Jewish socialist activist Katie Morosky who captures my heart! My mother, who saw this movie first time around in the cinema, told me how the audience jeered and sniggered when Katie says, "I mean, I know I'm attractive... sort of." For me, it's her incredible character - with all its energy, animation and myriad flaws - that makes her infintely more compelling and loveable than Hubbell's, yes, more conventionally attractive high school girlfriend and choice of wife...
...And she was just inspiring when informing the flip golden boy and his cohorts that "You're all decadent and disgusting." Indeed, wonderful Lula magazine ran a feature on anti-heroines in the latest installment of fabulousness, starring such luminaries as Wednesday Addams and Violet Baudelaire:
Coral Stars magicked up the above collage and this commentary: "The darker, thoughtful, quiet & probably quite bizarre characters in stories that I, like April Long (writer of the Lula article), relate to most... Maybe you’re wondering why that is and my only attempt at answering can be to say that I see myself a bit like these kinds of characters... I know it kind of sounds like I have this mental image of myself of being an outsider kind of like these characters, but it’s not that. On the whole, I’m not an outsider, I fit into many bubbles in life, but to me, it doesn’t matter whether I fit into these bubbles or not. I just like to do things my own way! I like to wear things the way I want to, I like to have strong-minded, self-assured friends (I don’t have a vast many friends, but those who I actually consider true friends, are all very aware of themselves & are happy about who that is) and I like to be an occasionally quiet but fully independent person.
Lula was precisely on point with the article... and it rang so many bells for me personally. Not everyone will like or relate to these types of characters and there is nothing wrong with that. But the point with these characters, is that they demonstrate that it’s okay to be you and ultimately, the person who you need to please most, is you. As Lula says, 'They realised so much earlier than the rest of us that the only way through life is to be true to yourself - and every decision they make, every line they drop, every dress they put on is a testament to that.'"
Hooray! I have always had my own very distinct idea of who I want to be, regardless of the various agendas everyone else has tried to push, and I've been blessed to find a rare few people who encourage me to do that. It's something I've been thinking about a lot since starting at university - hopefully I've found a few more kindred spirits, but all too many are still way too preoccupied with trying to look way too *cool* instead of growing a character. In the words of the illustrious Cummings,
And, of course, my beloved Rilke, who provides my life philosophy: "Most people have (with the help of conventions) turned their solutions towards what is easy and towards the easiest side of the easy; but it is clear that we must trust in what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition... Only in this sense, as the task of working on themselves ('to hearken and to hammer day and night'), may young people use the love that is given them."
LET'S RUN AWAY AND "walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours - that is what you must be able to attain." ~Rilke