More Than An Icon

[originally published 5 months ago on stephaniefaye.sbvtle.com]

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I have a belief that no one has very many ‘all time favourites’; you only get two or three. For the most part, as you grow and change in your tastes, you leave things behind – music you used to listen to on a loop, books you read again and again, until the spine cracked – one day, you just don’t love them as much as you used to. It’s fun to revisit old mix CD’s and remember that time in your life, but try as you might, you’ll never appreciate those songs as much as you did all those years ago. I have three tried and true all time favourites. The Lion King is my all time favourite movie. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5 is my all time favourite song (as much as I try to convince you it’s Cocaine Blues by Johnny Cash or Hey Jude by The Beatles… I’m lying).  And FRIENDS is my all time favourite TV show. It’s what I watch when I’m sad, or when I’m sick, or on a rainy Thursday evening. It’s been my comfort over countless nights of not sleeping.  It’s truly a safe haven for me. It’s something that will always calm me down, make me laugh and help me solve whatever problems I’m having. It’s something that’s always there for me. *Cue air guitar riffs* I’m only 23 years old, so I didn’t watch the show much as it was airing. My cousins were obsessed, though. They got me the first two seasons for my twelfth birthday, and I was absolutely hooked after that. I remember the night that the finale aired, and despite the fact that my knowledge of the show didn’t hold much past the first two seasons, I watched it twice, and cried both times. I cried because Monica and Chandler had twins (the fact that Monica and Chandler got married was surprising, but I rolled with it). I cried because Phoebe finally got her normal happily-ever-after. I cried because Joey had more poultry in his life. And of course, I cried because Rachel got off that damn plane. The fact that I cried along with 52.46 million other people shows exactly how powerful this show was. I’m not the only person this show had such an incredible impact on, there are millions of others who are so thankful that this show exists. FRIENDS taught me to enjoy life, to make the most of everything I have, that love is worth working your ass off for, that there’s nothing a good cup of coffee can’t fix, and that it’s okay to be miserable sometimes when you have the best group of people around you to pick you up. Thank you Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright. Thank you for creating this world for us to fall into. Thank you to all of the writers for shaping such a witty, clever, and real script. And of course, thank you to David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston for bringing all of it to life; for coming through my television screen and giving me genuine happiness. I suppose for everything you’ve given me over the last 20 years, I’ll forgive you for not doing a reunion.

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