I knew that Sex and the City the movie would be a lot of fun, but I didn't expect to really learn something. Before I get to the sentimental "what I learned" part, I have to talk about the experience of seeing the movie opening night.
First of all, I almost didn't go to the movie. I had never been to a movie alone before and I thought that going to see it without my girlfriends would be too sad. But after watching the show for an hour every night for the past 3 weeks, I was way too excited about seeing the movie to not go. I bought my ticket online yesterday for the Megaplex theater close by. We don't have them at home, but Megaplex theaters are really cool because they have reserved seating. So, when I ordered my ticket online, I could choose exactly where I wanted to sit. Of course, even the day before the showing, there were only seats left in the first four rows...except for one little lonesome seat right in a perfect section of the theater. I thought it might be awkward to sit in the middle of two group of friends while I laughed and cried to only myself. But then I realized that the little seat in the middle of the theater was meant for me and I bought it :)
The theater was packed as I knew it would be. It was a lot of fun to watch all the women piling into the theater because so many of them were dressed up in heels and all in big groups. I sat in between a big group of women on my right and two friends on my left. I couldn't help but listen to their conversations before the movie started. There was a little gossip, a little talking about a purse the one woman got on sale and then some talking about maternity pants. It reminded me a lot of Sex & the City itself and how so much of the show is about the little, seemingly stupid conversations that girlfriends have. Maybe that's why we like the show so much. We can relate to the women in the show, even if it's just because of the fact that we love talking with our girlfriends. :) Anyway, the theater was packed with chattering women and it smelled like all kinds of perfume. The group of women behind me even popped open a bottle of champagne! The best part of the whole thing was the beginning of the movie when a remix of the show's theme song started playing...the whole theater went crazy. I've never been to a movie where everyone was clapping and cheering. The energy in the room was so intense and it was hard to feel lonely in a room full of people who shared my excitement.
I won't write about the plot of the movie since I wouldn't want to ruin the ending for anyone. And also because the plot of the movie really wasn't what struck me. I walked away from the movie with a huge craving for some new clothes, but mainly I came away with a big sense of how young I am. Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda are all forty and over in the movie and they're still trying to figure their lives out and what they want out of them. Not that I assumed I'd have it all together by forty, but it just made me realize how much I haven't experienced and how much I don't know. I'm only 20 and it could be another entire lifetime of mine until I begin to get things figured out. Instead of stressing me out, that realization came as kind of a big relief. I don't have to even try to figure things out now. Of course, I'm not going to goof off and not take anything seriously, but I'm definitely going to try and keep things in perspective. I have time, at least I plan to, and why take finding a boyfriend or husband so seriously when I could be doing the same thing twenty years from now? I'd much rather relax, enjoy my friends, and enjoy being young.
Who knew going to the movies alone could be so much fun? :) Thanks Sex & the City for a great TV show, a great movie, and for giving me some time to figure things out.