MAM: a moment in life worth living for.
I think I was twenty when my mum planted a particularly well-thumbed-through paperback of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City in my hand, the first in his series of eight novels following the aptly named Miss Mary Ann Singleton after she impulsively abandoned her dull life in Cleveland, Ohio, to try her luck in San Francisco.
Now, much more Maupin later, living on the other side of the planet in Sydney with my Australian boyfriend and wondering where the time goes, I find myself thinking back to a simpler age when university deadlines, drive-thrus, and hairdos were at the top of my important-pile.
And while I’m no single lady determined to have it all, nor have I ever been to San Francisco and paid rent to a marijuana-growing landlady, when I consider everything that’s led up to right here right now, I can’t help but relate with Mary Ann and her eagerness for a better life. More to the point, we all can.
Like the initially naïve Miss Singleton who one day chose to break free from her average American existence, turn a vacay into a staycay and start living the way she wanted, we too have that power to change our lives for good. We too have our very own Mary Ann moments and it’s up to us to act on them.