Inspiration from a fictional character who represents so much more.

Inspiration from a fictional character who represents so much more.

I’m not a great fan of television and it’s a rare thing when I enjoy a programme enough to follow it from the beginning, buy it on DVD and re-watch it again and again. I started watching Mad Men in 2007 when it first aired (online, as it hadn’t aired in the country yet) on the suggestion of a friend. Immediately I fell in love with the set and costume design (Hello 1960s, again. Such a running theme in my life) and though it was slow to start, I eventually fell in love with characters and their stories.

For those of you who don’t know, Mad Men starts in 1960 and follows the life of the staff of Sterling Cooper, an advertising agency, mainly that of the rather debonair and suave Don Draper.

Supporting Don from episode one, is his newly appointed secretary Peggy Olson. This is where the point of this blog entry actually begins… I take so much inspiration from Peggy. She’s the personification of so many strong, young women of her time, fighting against a world who wants to her hold her down. I’m aware the women’s movement has come a long way since the 1960s (thanks to these women) and that I am lucky to be young and alive in the time that I am, but I still take heed of Peggy’s ambition. Her sense of self-worth and her fight to the top is what makes me admire her. She reminds me that, whatever happens, I’m worth a lot more than I sometimes think and that I have to work for what I want as the world isn’t going to hand it to me on a plate (like so many young people think these days). I want so much from life and have many ambitions, though sometime’s it’s difficult to get yourself going and find the drive to run after these dreams. I know I have to continue to work hard and in fact, work harder at times and I’ll be able to achieve what I want.