Last night at the Golden Globes, Maggie Gyllenhaal accepted her award with some words that had me jump off the couch and just about throw my peanut m&ms in the air. She said:
"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."
We may not be Hollywood actresses, yet our focus has been on the same thing as Hollywood's lately. Strong women. Being them. Encouraging them. Celebrating them. And there's nothing wrong with that. But what Maggie said illuminates what we left in the dark corner of the room. We don't have to be strong women all the time. We don't have to have it all together. We don't have to perform perfectly, accomplish every task we set out to, or change the world in sky high heels every single day. It's pretty awesome that we can be sometimes not powerful, sometimes not sexy, sometimes not the very best person we can be or the very best person in the room.
We are real. We are complicated. And that's ok.
So that's today's lesson. (Thank you Maggie for the inspiration.) Remember this year as you do plan to change the world in sky high heels as your very best self, that you are so much more than that too. Be real.