Callie

Coming Back with an Edge

In Thoughts on April 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

My “Gossip Girl” obsession has gotten the best of me lately. Free time? Watch episode after episode of GG in a row. I’m reliving the first season because I love to see how the characters started out. Each character had changed so much towards the end of the series that it’s intriguing to go back to where it all began and remember how they all started. One in particular that has held my attention is Blair Waldorf. I think it’s safe to say that with Dan’s Inside later in the series, the show had a turning point from being all about Serena to all about Blair.

Season one is saturated with Serena scenes, but we forget to notice that Blair started out as innocent and mild-mannered in the very beginning. Ashleigh from On the Hunt reminded me with her  post “5 Life Lessons You Never Expected to Learn from Gossip Girl” this morning that Blair had a low point in this season when she lost her boyfriend, her friends, and all of her carefully pieced together plans for her life fell apart (for the first time). She was so close to running away from her problems when her biggest support system stepped in- Serena, of course.

Blair (in response to wanting to run away): Everything’s horrible. My whole life’s falling apart.

Serena: So rebuild it. You’re a Waldorf remember? People don’t tell you who you are, you tell them. Stay and fight. I’ll fight with you.

Blair: I’m so embarrassed. I’m so…

Serena: So what? Start over. It can be done. I should know. We’ll get through this together.

Blair: You promise?

Serena: Promise.

Sometimes when you feel alone, you need that one person to come forward and affirm that they will see to it that you will get to a better point in your life, no matter what. After a long talk with my sister about how depressed I’ve been last night, I can assure you that it is essential that someone comes forth to be there by your side while you rebuild your life.

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After this, Blair took a minimal amount of time to “mourn her former life” as she says, and then jumps quickly back into action. She comes back with risky plans to take down Jenny and regain her old friendships, and she does something else that slips by us as the audience; She opens her mind. She begins to speak to Dan as if he is an actual person. She accepts humiliation when it comes her way and then comes back brighter than ever. It’s so easy to get down on yourself when faced with defeat, so Blair’s determination should be a lesson to all of us.

If you want to rebuild your life, you will have to expand your ways of thinking. Scratch the old plans of what your life should be like and make some new ones. Try new things and get creative. If one thing doesn’t pan out the way you think it will, get up, move on, and try something new. Stop looking back and start looking forward. The best is yet to come.

 

xx

-C

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  1. Agreed: Never ever give up your dreams, success, happiness and love… “Here my advice: Have a little faith and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas”(- Blair Waldorf).

  2. Gossip Girl is such an amazing shows! Almost glamourizes the hardships of life but still great to watch with a moral tucked between the scandals 🙂

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