I always considered myself lucky. I had the group of friends everyone hopes to have in their twenties. I had my Samantha — Jayme, who is older than me and isn’t afraid to give it to me straight when I need it; Charlotte — Gabrielle, who always strives to be perfect and accomplishes just that in the most adorable way; Miranda — Lauren, who moves to Brooklyn (I mean Kansas) for her husband and child, but is still down for a girls-night-in with wine and movies. I thought I had the group; that I didn’t need anyone else because we all completed the famously longed by 20-somethings everywhere Sex and the City foursome.
Then I met Katie.
I went to an interview for a job, that found me after I had spent weeks applying for jobs and interviewing with no outcome. This job, on the opposite coast from my family and friends, ended up bringing me to someone who I don’t know how I lived without knowing this long. I knew before my first day that we would get along just from social media, but I didn’t realize how close we would end up being. I found not only an extraordinary mentor in her, but also a fiercely loyal friend.
A short three and a half weeks later, Katie is moving to NYC. We shared an office, and then a cubicle. We shared an adoration for SATC, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz and Beyonce. We shared a love for fun hair colors, a passion for content and a desire to move to the Big Apple one day. Most importantly, we shared Carrie Bradshaw.
Everything that happened to us in these last few weeks, we had a quote for. There was always an episode or a scene we referenced. Our minds work the same way. We have the same ideas, we agree on everything, we want the same things out of life.
We are the two Carries from two different groups of friends who just so happened to find each other. I thought the unique force of the four girls was unbreakable and empowering. But now I know that when two Carries meet, they can conquer the world.
When two Carries meet it is an inexplicable moment in time when you’ve found the girlfriend who is meant to run free with you. And now, she is moving to New York City, and I couldn’t be more proud of her ambition, fearlessness and sense of adventure. Though I will miss her terribly, and I feel our time together at work was cut way too short, I know that she is doing the right thing. And I can only hope that I, too, can be the Carrie I always thought I was and follow her in her footsteps one day.
And with that, because everything happens for a reason, our favorite of all the SATC quotes:
“Maybe mistakes are what make our fate. Without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn’t fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, things change, so do cities. People come into your life and they go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”