Things I Learned From Dawson’s Creek
I like to revisit shows I watched during my teen years in the 90s. What’s that? I look too young to have been a teen in the 90s? I know *swishes hair* I often re-watch My So Called Life (and get all bitter about the fact it was cancelled after one season. ABSOLUTE TRAVESTY). I revisited Party of Five a couple of months back and recently, I’ve been on a Dawson’s Creek kick. You may think there’s nothing you can take away from this TV relic, oh but you’d be wrong amigos. Here are the Top 4 things I learned from Dawson’s Creek.
Let your exes move on
The Dawson and Joey saga was pretty damn painstaking. All the pining, then the eventual dating, then the break up, then the weird jealousy/pining. It just kept going in a loop. These two just didn’t wanna let each other live. Even when Joey was dating Pacey (DAWSON’S BEST FRIEND!) she still thought she could get all uppity about Dawson showing interest in other girls. That takes some balls there Joe. Listen, you had your cake, ate it and it made you queasy – move the hell on already. Once you and your beau have broken up, just go your separate ways. You don’t get to have an opinion on their subsequent dating life. That’s some massive raging ego on you if you think you do. Get over yourself.
90s fashion was bad. Real bad
I’m saying this as someone who once owned a plaid crop top and pedal pusher set and actually wore it out of the house. Dawson’s Creek is full of baggy cargo pants, ill fitting jeans, clunky shoes and bad hair (let’s not even talk about that haircut they gave Jen in season two). For those of us who lived through the 90s, we now see just how bad our sartorial choices were, thanks to faded 4 x 6 photos from Snappy Snaps that we glued in Zig & Zag photo albums (just me?), and we can all tell you that this 90s fashion revival that appears to be happening right now is grossly misguided.
Times were simpler in the Creek
Well, the Creek and just the 90s in general. None of the gang got cell phones til they went to college and they were those clunky flip phones that the whole of the United States of America owned up until last year. Flip phones were great for hanging up on people. I still miss my Motorola Razr. But I digress. Times were so simple in the Creek, they had to ROW to each other’s houses. And you’re complaining that the tube was delayed? Talk to me when you need to find the next available boat. They were climbing in and out of each other’s windows. There was no excessive drinking, no misinterpretation of text messages, no Twitter wars, no Tumblr posts that needed to be censored. And imagine, we did actually manage to survive those times. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt us to unplug all this excess technology every once in a while.
It is possible to talk too much
One of the major criticisms of Dawson’s Creek was that the characters were a bunch of sentimental, overly wordy, introspective, analytical twats, and to a large extent, this is true. Talk about a group of people who could analyse an issue to death. I know of zero teenagers who are that self aware. I know of only a few adults who are that self aware actually. Anyway, my point being, that often all this agonising soul searching got them nowhere. I’m all for a bit of healthy introspection and debate, but when you find yourself talking about, around, up, down and all the way through an issue, you gotta learn to let it go.
Dawson’s Creek imparts valuable lessons y’all.