Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows. The show is one of the shows I go to on Netflix when I’m looking for something to binge on. I love all the characters, but Rory and Lorelei are my favorites. Like hello eating take out and watching old movies all the time? It’s what I do almost every night. Or what I wish I was doing every night…
While I relate to Lorelei (and get her every time I take a GG quiz) I also relate to Rory in a lot of ways. She was one of the first times I saw a girl on TV who loved to read and wasn’t ashamed to stick out because of what she liked. Rory worked hard to get into her dream school, a great post grad job, and had time to date the cutest guys in school. She was basically the perfect kid and role model for a young, book loving, career driven gal like me. But here’s the problem: she suffers from Rory Gilmore Syndrome.
What is Rory Gilmore Syndrome you ask? Well if you watched the revival show like I did you’ll have an idea of what I’m talking about. We see Rory nine years later during which time she has had numerous wiring jobs and travelled all over the world. She is shown as a nomad at the beginning and once her jobs slow a bit she realizes she has no direction for the first time in her life. She basically has an early mid life crisis, but in truth she’s suffering from Rory Gilmore Syndrome.
Rory Gilmore Syndrome is something I’ve made up but decided it’s a thing. In fact, I suffer from it. This syndrome occurs when you have had a relatively easy life and go into crisis mode the first time something doesn’t go your way. I know this because I did this about a month ago. I started to get sad and whiny about my career and life and mid tantrum I realized something. I was being just like Rory Gilmore was when she didn’t any of the job prospects she thought were “in the bag.” The online magazine that she was expecting to be handed to her rather than pitch something to them? Who does that?
Me apparently. I didn’t do anything quite that extreme but I went on my first audition in Chicago, it went ok but I knew I wasn’t going to get a callback, then had a fit the whole way home about it. I stopped and said to myself, “God shut up, Maggie you sound like Rory Gilmore in the revival!” And it was true. I didn’t get what I wanted, but I have so much in my life to be proud 0f. Plus it was my first audition in Chicago. What the hell was I expecting? For them to bow down at my feet and give me whatever part I wanted?
Now I’m not saying Rory doesn’t work hard and that I don’t work hard. I’m just saying there were some things she didn’t have to trouble herself with while she crammed for her Economics class (that her grandfather taught…) So yes, I suffer from Rory Gilmore Syndrome, but I am aware of it and from now on will keep it under control as much as I can. Until then I will be bingeing Gilmore Girls because it’s amazing and so is Rory (and Lorelei!)
Do you suffer from Rory Gilmore Syndrome like I do? Think what I’m saying is ridiculous? I’d love to hear either way, let’s chat!