Whenever something funny or awkward happens to me, I often say “my life is a sitcom.” Some of the events I have gotten myself into closely resemble an episode of a sitcom, or “situation comedy.” I can hear the laugh track in the back of my head at times.
However, I’ve realized that is not a bad thing. I LOVE a good sitcom. From “Friends” to “Schitt’s Creek,” I love them all. I honestly can see myself in a lot of the sitcoms we know and love.
“Friends” is my favorite show of all time. Actually, during the winter break of my junior year, I worked at the “Friends Pop Up” in Boston after attending the one that first launched in New York that fall. I got to work in the “Friends” universe for a month. It was a dream come true.
I can see myself in all of the “Friends.” In my friend group, I often am the planner and hostess like Monica. Like Rachel, I definitely am a girly girl who believes in herself. Like Ross, I can overexaggerate and be a little extra sometimes. Like Chandler, I can “make jokes when I’m uncomfortable.” I like to think that I am true to myself like Phoebe. Even though I can be silly and immature at times, I also like to think I have a big heart. All of those qualities are those of Joey.
Moving into the modern-day “Friends,” I see myself a lot in “New Girl” as well. I can’t even tell you how much I relate to Jessica Day. From her polka dots and preppiness to her awkward encounters and goofy voices, I am her and she is me. Nick Miller is another spirit animal of mine, and I too “like getting older, I feel like I’m finally aging into my personality.” I can’t say I relate too much to Winston, Schmit, or CeCe, but I do have friends and other people in my life that remind me of them.
I wish I could say I was as iconic and show stopping as Moira or David Rose. Personally, I see a lot of myself in Alexis Rose. I don’t need to be the main character or center of attention all the time. I am a very independent person and know that “I walk through life, in really nice shoes.”
We can’t forget about the workplace. I once was told by a coworker that I reminded him of Leslie Knope. That made my whole week. Although I am not as passionate about Public Parks or Government, like Former Councilwoman Knope (sorry if that was a spoiler to anyone), I do believe in girl power, hard work and the value of friendship. As Leslie says herself, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” In regard to other members of the Pawnee Parks Department, I try to remind myself to be as positive as Chris Traeger, as ambitious as Tom Haverford and as loyal as Ron Swanson.
I’ve taken on a few leadership roles this year. Along with being A&E Editor here at The Spectrum, I also am the president of SHU’s chapter of Her Campus, the Social Media Manager for Sacred Heart’s TV News Program, “The Pulse,” and am the Editor for Interviews and Internet Culture at Mud Magazine. In the words of Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s Regional Manager, Michael Scott, “The only time I set the bar low is for limbo.” While I may be like Jim Halpert and not take myself too seriously and definitely not as serious as Dwight K. Schrute, I know I have things to be proud of and need to remind myself of that more often.
And as I am nearing graduation (EEK), I find myself more of an Andy Bernard, thinking, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”
If you’re like me and consider your life a sitcom, know that it’s not a bad thing. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself and your mishaps. While we may not be the “Meredith Grey” or “Jon Snow” in people’s lives, we are their comfort and amusement. We’ll be there for them whether it’s the first time or the 100th rerun. If you consider yourself to be a Jessica Day, Chandler Bing, Leslie Knope or Michael Scott, you are Beyonce always.