That one line from My So-Called Life left me reeling. During a recent late-night binge of one of my all-time favorite shows, I realized I am almost the same age as the teen lead character’s mom.
I could be Angela Chase’s mom, not Angela Chase anymore! How did this happen?
I can totally recall empathizing with Claire Dane’s melodramatic response, “This life has been a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have received instructions on where to go and what to do.”
Her words could have been my anthem, like it was for so many other ’90s teens. Part of the reason I enjoyed the show was the similarities it had with my own tumultuous, monumental teen years. I clearly and fondly remember being a hormonal, teenage girl, just like Angela. Now, like all the girls who crushed heavily on Jordan Catalano, I am all grown up.
The more I viewed this classic show, the more overjoyed I felt that I no longer have to deal with all my former teen drama.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself and not sure what took me so long to realize it, but I am indeed no longer that same teen girl who felt oh so similar to Angela Chase back in the day. And yet, in that one night’s viewing I came to this startling conclusion. To find out more about why 40 is better than 16, I am truly honored today to have my first article appear over at SheKnows today HERE .
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