While I was perusing the On Balance blog at the Washington Post this morning (which poses some good questions today about our fantasy vs. reality parenting expectations), I followed a link to this great interview at Esquire with Katie Couric.
She’s been taking a pounding since she took over the anchor chair at CBS.
She’s starting to pound back.
I know if I was in her shoes (OK, that’s another fantasy for another day), I would be seriously worrying about all the nay-sayers questioning my ability to be a “serious” anchor and whether a woman could pull the CBS Evening News out of its perennial third place slump.
But I’ve got to love a woman who answers the questions the way she did and then, in a moment of amazing fortitude, and, dare I say, moxie, tells Esquire Magazine (which apparently dumped on her in a prior article), and I quote because it is so good:
Maybe I wouldn’t use those words in my life (or maybe, I would — depends on the day), but I’d like to cultivate more of that attitude in my life.
You don’t like me? Don’t like my work? Got a problem with what I’m wearing today?
Well, that’s your problem.
The power in the ability to be that confident in oneself is amazing.
That’s the kind of confidence I lacked growing up (and still can’t find sometimes), but I hope I can help instill that in Rachel.
Not that I want her to send those words back my way (hopefully not for another few years, anyway), but imagine if we could give our daughters the gift of being that secure and confident in their own styles and their own choices.
Imagine what the world would look like then.
It’s an awesome vision.