Did Carrie And Big Ruin The Fairy Tale Ending?
Since the dawning of time, little girls have looked forward to the fairy tale ending. They’ve wanted to meet their prince charming, have the royal wedding, pop out a few kids and live happily ever after. But since HBO brought us the cursed gift in the form of Sex And The City, we’ve been striving for something a little different.
Carrie Bradshaw, the girls girl who we can all relate to, has changed the story we expect. Instead of finding the prince and having our happily ever after, we expect to find our prince, realize he’s not so charming, fight, break up, cheat, wait for him to marry and divorce someone else, try to get married, get left at the alter, try to get married again, and eventually make it down the isle in a two-person no-guest wedding at a courthouse.
Okay, so maybe what we expect isn’t exactly like that, but it’s not too far off, either. When we see people like Carrie struggling to get her love and sex lives together, it’s easy to lower the bar on expectations for ourselves. It’s the Mother Smoking syndrome all over again. When you see your mom smoking when you’re little, you imitate her thinking nothing of it. If mom can do it, whey can’t you, right? We look up to Carrie like we did our mothers when we were little, only now instead of pretending to smoke, we’re falling into bad relationships because they just happened to work out with her.
Next time you want to meet singles, don’t settle for anything less than prince charming! Just because Carrie settled with Big doesn’t mean you have to walk the same path. She may have changed the typical ending we expect, but if you raise your bar, you’ll end up happier than Ms. Bradshaw herself.