When I first started this blog, I had just finished a 3-week long Gilmore Girls marathon and my head was full of the academic prowess of Rory Gilmore. I then wrote a post announcing I would later write about her positive influence on Gilmore Girls watchers. For some reason, I never got around to writing it until now. Almost a year later, every time I read about Yale, the first thought that pops in my head is little Rory Gilmore. I even sometimes wonder how her life was on the Obama bus during the presidential campain. Because that’s what GG does to you. You get sucked into their world, you start living in Stars Hollow and all the characters become your own friends, and family… They are sometimes annoying, sometimes enviable, sometimes role models, like Rory. I am not going to write an essay about it here, this blog isn’t the place for it, but I thought I would compile some tips to live your life, Rory Gilmore style.
Being popular doesn’t matter, learning does
I remember being a teenager and thinking that all my good grades were the reason I wasn’t very popular. I am sure I was not the only one thinking this. Being keen on learning at a young age might not have immediate and obvious merits, but it pays later in life. I can’t think of anyone I know who is really “cool” now being popular or cool in high school.
Rory is ambitious and has high expectations for herself. We should all cultivate this in ourselves. The higher the expectations, the more chances you will actually get something done. Whether you want to be a dog walker, write a blog, or start your own business, what matters most is to set your mind to it and believe you can and will do it.
Read, read, and read some more
You can learn to deal with pretty much any life situation by reading books. You can learn to write by reading books. You can also live vicariously for a while… Rory is always pictured reading something, often classics as she is still in school, but feel free to experiment, discover and soak up.
Keep the bond strong with your mother
Parents are not the enemy, even though most of us seem to think so growing up. Try for a second to imagine your mother when she was your age. And keep this image in your head when you go talk to her next. Wouldn’t you like your relationship with your mother to be like Rory and Lorelai’s?
Find a role model or a mentor
If you have goals in life, it is always good to know or observe someone who did it all before. Someone to look up to and if possible ask for advice. It doesn’t have to always be the same person, your mentors can evolve with your life and choices.
One thing Rory you shouldn’t do
Actually two things – firstly, don’t dump a guy if he is like Jess (Milo Vintimiglia, HI!). Second and most important thing: Rory in Chilton has a cool uniform and I would only advise you to get inspired by it, but Rory out of school… Fashion wise… How do I put it? It is all a bit bland. So there. That’s one thing you shouldn’t do like Rory!