Ten Things

Maria Shriver gave the commencement address at Holy Cross in 1998. The feedback from that speech, focusing on the top things she wish she knew as she graduated college led to the expanding of her speech into a short book in 2000, “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known- Before I Went Out into the Real World.”

With current events as they are, we can imagine there’s a lot more now she wishes she had known. Knowing Shriver is divorcing her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, after it was revealed he’d fathered a child in 1996 (two years before her speech, four years before her book) is mildly distracting, as she writes so fondly of her husband and her marriage, though lesson 8 is “Marriage Is a Hell of a Lot of Hard Work.”

That aside, the messages are still extremely strong, and her actions in dealing with the revelations are as can be expected from her after reading the book. Take care of yourself. Don’t expect anyone else to financially support you. No one can love you if you don’t love yourself. Embrace what makes you unique. Make your own life and identity.

And those were all mini-lessons in just 2-3 of the chapters.

She’s an interesting, strong lady. I’m fascinated by her career, which you read quite a bit about in the 122-page book. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

She posed an interesting question online recently, and I am curious how many people reading this have an answer they would publicly share. What do you love most about yourself?


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