One of my favorite television shows of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (You notice that I said television, not the movie?). One might ask why I liked Buffy...feel free to in your heads. I liked her because it was one of the few shows that truly allowed the characters to grow up. Joss Whedon is a science fiction-horror god, too. Plus he is loyal to his actors, he has used some of them in various shows he has had a hand in, for example, "Doll House," "Serenity," and of course "Buffy."
I digress though. Buffy was smart and resourceful. Yes I know she was not a stellar student but there are all kinds of smart. She was loyal to her friends and people that she loved, even Angel to the end. She learned from her moral dilemmas and learned to weigh the needs of the many over the need of the one. While this may not seem like a big deal it makes for a true super hero that sacrifices her happiness for the love of all her family and the lives of strangers.
She struggled with the everyday stuff also. She struggled with getting through school, having a social life, college, and her mother dying. All the time, she had to put her personal happiness and desires behind her because of duty. Think about it...is she really different than most of us working mothers and women today?
We struggle with balancing life, work, children, and friends. Some of us even add school into the mix for the sheer insanity of it. We sometimes wait for children to grow up, finish school, find their path before we go looking for happiness. Do we not look back sometimes and saw how did we do that? Do we look back and wonder where do we go from here? In Buffy's case it was said after all the secrets people had held in were revealed. ]
Though that really doesn't matter. It's the same old song.