The Rest Is Still Unwritten

This post is partly inspired by the return of "The Hills: New Beginnings". Although I was never a big fan of reality shows, I`ve never missed an episode of "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills". Which is funny, considering I`ve barely had anything in common with these girls. Most of them were spoiled and privileged Americans, whilst I was living in Romania, and my dad was making the minimum wage. Yet somehow, I could see myself in some of their dramatic situations. Like the first seasons of "Laguna Beach", when like Lauren, I was hopelessly in love with my best friend. As for "The Hills", the show came at the right time, when I was beginning Uni and trying to succeed in a bigger city. Of course, I knew everything was scripted, but weirdly, their success gave me the motivation to follow my dreams and dare to dream big.
                   
        Plans don`t always work out. And that may be a good thing.

Trust me, I had big plans. I wanted to get a job in the field as soon as I finished Uni, get engaged after my first promotion. Then the big wedding, a kid, two dogs and a cat, and a beautifully furnished house. You know, the whole "American dream", even though I was living in Romania. Sometimes I wonder if getting all of those would have made me happy. I`m not sure. Although the results are pretty much the same, the road wasn`t straightforward. 
                                                   
                               
                                                                       A new path
As soon as I finished Uni, I moved to London to be with my partner, who got a job offer here. Since our degrees aren`t recognized here, I had to look for a different job. And that`s how I ended up in retail.  I didn`t think that was something I`d enjoy, but I was good at it. Very soon I was promoted to store manager, and it`s an experience that taught me so much. Most importantly, it showed me that I can`t, and I shouldn`t want to please everyone. At the end of the day, if I respect you, you should respect me, it`s that simple. So yes, although retail was hard, it`s an experience that made me more assertive and confident. I`ll forever be thankful for it, although now I`m looking to do something else. And no, it probably won`t be in my field cause as much as I loved Uni, politics is not for me.

One thing that went almost accordingly to THE PLAN was getting married. I was lucky enough to meet my husband during my first year of Uni, and we got married soon after we moved to London. We are currently expecting our first child, building a house back home and hoping to adopt those animals as soon as our house is ready. Now I`m at that stage when I can appreciate these things, and not see them as something I have to check off a list. I still have a 5 and 10-year plan, but I am open to changes. Especially with the baby on the way, I know that I`ll base most of my decisions on what`s best for her.

Getting back to "The Hills: New Beginnings". It`s a guilty pleasure, though I have to admit that I don`t enjoy it as much as I used to. I`m not going to deny it, I`m here for Justin Bobby, despite quitting bad boys over a decade ago. But not the pointless drama. Maybe it`s because I don`t see myself in them anymore, not even in the slightest. Maybe it`s because Lauren`s gone. Do you watch it? Is it still exciting or is our enjoyment based on pure nostalgia?

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  1. ❤️
    Blessings.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  2. Love the premise of this post because I loved The Hills & Laguna Beach tv shows, but haven't watched the reboot yet. Retail is def a tough space to work in, but it really can teach so many vital life skills.

    I think it would be hard for me to invest in the Hills without Lauren being on the show, but I should at least check it out. :)

    xo, LP | thenewburygirl.com

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    1. You can definitely feel Lauren`s absence, and it feels more scripted than before. But it`s still watchable, albeit not that great.

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  3. I really enjoy Hills New Beginnings haha, I didn't think I would like it without Lauren but I think Mischa Barton is supposed to replace her, I was a huge fan of the OC so really liking it so far. Great post, not everything goes to plan. Sounds like you have lots of big changes coming up! Congratulations on your baby xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. I was such an OC fan, although I didn`t really think much about Mischa. There were moments when she seemed like a drama-queen in real life, but you can see she`s more mature now.

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  4. I have watched it but I really thought they might have grown up by now! Stephanie is still a drama llama! xx

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    1. Drama llama:)))) Never really liked Stephanie, Audrina remains my favourite if LC`s not there.

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