In honor of the beginning of the end of my twenties, I am going to add adulthood to the list of topics I will discuss in this blog. Originally, I wanted this to just be a place to discuss film and theatre but the reality is that I don’t see enough of either to sustain a consistent blog. My life, on the other hand, is pretty full right now.
My 28th year consisted of: (in this order) moving in with my boyfriend, Kevin, getting a new job, finally feeling like I have a career and a career path, buying a home, getting engaged, starting wedding planning. The last year has been a “run head first into a brick wall called adulthood” kind of year.
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I’m neither a wife nor a mother but I hope to someday be both. Sure there are lots of books and older women to give me advice on how to be good at both of these roles. But sometimes the best way to learn how to do something right is to see how its done oh so wrong.
A lot has been written about the documentary The Queen of Versailles (2012), a film that follows the wealthy David and Jackie Siegel as they start to build the largest single-family private residence in the United States, only to have their livelihood threatened by the Great Recession. They start the film living an opulent lifestyle and end with their homes in foreclosure, their housekeepers and nannies gone and the company in numerous lawsuits. The previously written articles* about the film perfectly sum up the cavalier attitudes of the uber wealthy and the lack of any real world perspective this class of people has. For a look at the selfishness and foolishness that got many individuals, and corporations, into the great decline, this film is superb. It should be required viewing every 7 years or so, just enough time for people to start getting comfortable and lax in judgment once again.
Watching this film as I am on the cusp of really becoming an adult, whatever that means, I came away from this film with another lesson learned. The Queen of Versailles has provided me with some amazing perspective on what it takes to be a strong woman, have a good marriage and raise respectful children. …
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