I've started watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show on hulu.com. I'm about eight episodes in to season one, and already I'm charmed. Wikipedia calls it one of the best sitcoms of all time. I can see that. It's about Mary Richards, a girl who'd been putting her boyfriend through medical school, until she realized he was graduating but still wasn't going to marry her. So she took off for a new life--and got a new job as, she was boggled, an associate producer of a news show--in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her new day had dawned.
The opening credits are this lovely montage. Pictures of Mary Richards/Tyler Moore driving off in her car, alone, overlaid by images of her last days at work, the party that bid her goodbye, packing her things up. And she gets to Minneapolis and she wanders the streets in her fur-lined hooded overcoat and in the end, she's surrounded by the people of her new city, who walk by busily, and she revels in it all and throws her mod beret triumphantly into the sky. Mary Tyler Moore. You're going to make it after all.
I start work tomorrow. I'm a new girl in a new city, with a job title that sounds incomprehensibly adult to me. I'll go to work tomorrow, put on my new clothes (no beret), and hope that when I'm pushed on the metro and passed by others busily walking by I'll feel triumphant and not just infinitesmally alone.
Resolution #1: Be like Mary Tyler Moore. Make it after all.
How will you make it on your own?Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem
worthwhile?Well it’s you girl, and you should know itWith each glance and every little movement you show itLove is all around, no need to waste itYou can have a town, why don’t you take itYou’re gonna make it after allHow will you make it on your own?This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all aloneBut it’s time you started livingIt’s time you let someone else do some givingLove is all around, no need to waste itYou can have a town, why don’t you take itYou might just make it after all.