The Importance of Being Younger Than Successful People

Lena Dunham

So, I’ve been watching HBO’s new series, Girls. I’m not particularly excited about it, I just find it OK. Maybe a little too hip for me, but it’s funny, witty and sick enough to get me hooked thanks to morbid and awkward situations.
Anyway, by the fourth episode I noticed that each one of them was directed by the same person: Lena Dunham. So I googled her and… THE HORROR. She’s the creator, the writer, the showrunner, the director, the leading actress. In short, she’s the HBO version of Tina Fey. But the real point is: she’s younger than me. Seriously, she was born in 1986 and I was born in 1985.
And here we go, existential crisis. A 25-year-old girl has her own HBO show… I can’t even afford to own a car, let  alone a house. Or a TV show. I don’t feel the same way about Tina Fey, because she’s in her forties and she makes me feel like I still have time to… grow (old, rich, talented, mature, lucky… Go pick one).
I had to find a solution to this new depression, so I read Lena’s wiki. Well, she happens to be the daughter of a famous New York photographer and a famous New York painter. Alright, I said to myself. Nevermind. I’m from a small town in the north of Italy and my parents are sort of blue-collar workers. Still, I won a scholarship and got into Berkeley for a year. Not bad.

But Lena Dunham is younger than me. Bummer.

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9 comments on “The Importance of Being Younger Than Successful People

  1. Jan Stripek says:

    Great post! I felt exactly the same when reading about Lana Del Rey, also born 1986. So you are not alone with the existential crisis! ;)

  2. Jersey says:

    Good to know. I mean, not really good… But overall good.
    Jeez, we really need to get rich and famous!

  3. Jaina says:

    Ha! I know the feeling. Before it was alright because all the famous people and celebrities and actors/actresses I loved were all older than me. And now it’s not the same so much! :( Born in 1984, so in the same boat as you.

    I tried Girls, but didn’t get past the pilot. It is ok, but think like you, it’s just a bit too hip for me. Hello old age!

    • Jersey says:

      I don’t like these new generation’s clothes. Young people should dress and behave better! (Now it’s official: I sound like my grandmother)

  4. sanclementejedi says:

    Old, I will tell you about old, try having a four year-old running around your house lol. I actually saw an interview with Lena Dunham, on the Daily Show the other day. She was pretty funny and had some impressive looking ink.

    • Jersey says:

      One step at the time, please! I’ve just realized that I’m too old to get rich and famous, I don’t really need a kid right now… :P
      BTW, I’ve see her on the Daily Show too… She’s a smart badass! Gosh, I want to be her.

  5. brikhaus says:

    In another 5-10 years you will find that all the major stars of movies/TV shows will be younger than you. Then you will really have an existential crisis!

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