‘I’ll Be There For You……’

I am sitting on Monica Geller’s sofa, I’ve got my girls beside me and I can’t quite believe I’m here.  My three readers of this blog might think this is a bit silly, but I’m enjoying an apartment tour at FriendsFest.  It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in Preston Park, Brighton.  I’ve been a ‘Friends’ fan forever.  I’ve watched every episode many times, my favourite character is Joey, Matt LeBlanc, why wouldn’t he be my favourite character? What’s not to like?

There is a whole community of us out there aged 14 – 60, it’s like Marmite; you either love it or you hate it.  Those who hate it have no soul!

“WE WERE ON A BREAK!!!!!”, “How are you doin’?” We know all the quotes, all the kisses, we know ‘Smelly Cat’, I spend my life living around the events and happenings in ‘Friends’ and relating them to my own life.  I would have loved to be Rachel – that hair! The style ‘The Rachel cut’ we all wanted it. We would have loved to be Rachel, but I’m quite sure my control issues make me more of a ‘Monica’.

There is one thing that I think ‘Friends’ has missed out on.  I accept it was made over 20 years ago and disability awareness is not what it is now, however, there was never a sign of a disabled character in any of the many episodes.  I would have a good Rachel in ‘Friends’, a disabled woman with her own independence.

I found myself feeling slightly envious of the lifestyles of the characters; Rachel had that lovely job in Bloomingdales; they were all able to sit around in ‘Central Perk’ drinking delicious cappuccinos and macchiatos.  They lived in beautiful apartments – across the corridor from one another (except for Phoebe and Ross), which meant they were able to drop in on each other whenever a crisis or a drama occurred.  But that’s not real life.  Here I am watching episodes when I’m bringing up two small children and desirous of their lives.  But, let’s look at my life now.  Two beautiful daughters, four amazing grandchildren,  I have my writing, I have my health, I have a great support network with family and I go to concerts and festivals.  I am not wealthy but I have enough to enjoy life and feel fulfilled.  I have plans for the future: a cruise with all of my family, I have an idea to visit Nashville, Tennessee.  AND I WILL HAVE THAT BOOK WRITTEN!  Life is good, I wonder if it would be that good for the characters in ‘Friends’.

About I'M Still me.....

I'm an MS warrior and writer who enjoys Prosecco, chocolate, looking glamorous and who will NEVER go grey!
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