“Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite. Who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell. You know you love me. XoXo, Gossip Girl.”

I mean, wow. The nostalgia, am I right? The adoration of the lives of the kids of Constance Billird and St. Jude’s will never cease to exist. The mention of the name “Blair Waldorf” will forever bring the smell of Chanel No5 to my nose, and I will never be able to look at Dan Hunphrey the same way EVER again.

There’s no denying that the lives of those on the Upper East Side are nothing but fascinating. But, it begs the question: is it nothing but fantasy?

Of course it is! The lives we indulge in on Netflix or Hulu become intoxicating. We feel as if we know the characters we see on television. Maybe as if we even are them. The connection becomes jaded with reality and before we know it, we are comparing ourselves to those we see on screens. Remind you of anything? *cough cough* Instagram, we see you too.

For me, Gossip Girl became a show I watched in high school that I was constantly comparing myself to. I couldn’t take my head out of the drama and recklessness that Serena and Blair were always caught in between was what my life was supposed to be about.

And now, even though Gossip Girl is a show of yesteryear, I find myself doing the same with Instagram in college.

When we mature, it’s not all Catillions and charity balls like Gossip Girl makes it appear.

Real people don’t have problems like Blair Waldorf, who just couldn’t fit into NYU so she had to transfer to Columbia. *Cue eye roll* Or when she had to decide between becoming a princess or not. *Cue double eye roll*

Sometimes, we have to spend our summers waiting tables just to afford that one coveted weekend trip to Nashville you and your besties have been planning all summer. Meanwhile, that girl from your BIO 101 class freshman year appears to have been country hopping around Europe all summer. Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem fair.

We “regular people” have to do things like work triple doubles to make rent and be able to enjoy the finer things in life, such as Boogie Bowls. It takes a certain level of skill to balance a full course load, part-time jobs and a social life. And don’t even get me started on adding extracurriculars and internships into the mix.

Needless to say, these so called “regular people,” aka probably you & me, have a lot going on. And even though it may not seem as glamorous and boujee as those living in the worlds we indulge in on TV, and the influencers we obsess over on instagram, it can still be pretty awesome. So instead of binging Netflix, try reading something that fascinates you. Log off Instagram and enjoy the view of the real world. Sometimes it just takes a little perspective. And hopefully, a lot of Nate Archibald.