Gotta Love Katies

June 2, 2009

Katie Couric was the first female Class Day speaker at Princeton in the university's history.

"What really matters in the end is how you've played the game of life...that you've lived it with honor, integrity and character... old fashioned qualities that never go out of style...whether you're a fan of Ella Fitzgerald or Lady Gaga"

and then she hit the ladies with this one . . .

"I'm sure you are all graduating with big career goals. You may also have a dream of being married and having a family, and at some point the career may take a backseat. Katie-Couric-princeton_lThere is no more challenging, rewarding or important job than being a mom. I just want to say this -- sometimes dreams of domestic bliss are interrupted by reality. People get divorced. People die. You need to protect yourself. I was very happily married to a wonderful man. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and nine months later, he was gone. I was a single mom with two very young children. This was not part of the plan. Luckily, I had a career and therefore the financial independence to support my children. Many women in my situation are not nearly as fortunate. And while I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, I want you all to be prepared for the unexpected and approach some of the big life decisions you'll be making with your eyes wide open."

Very real stuff. As the years I see between me and marriage and kids slip under 5, her message hit me. Keep grinding. Enjoy life while you are at it.

Don't let the girly sound fool you. From my great-grandmom I was named for to Mrs. Couric, Katies sure can be ballsy movers and shakers


  1. BigCNYC said...:

    Inspiring post queen-to-be.

  1. CJ said...:

    Thanks BigC!