What's next for Maria Shriver?
Transition, upheaval, and heartbreak. All those overwhelming emotions have come crashing down on Maria Shriver, whom I consider a role model for women today.
I don't tend to get caught up in scandalous news and we rarely turn on the TV in our house, but even I can't avoid hearing about the drama of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his love child.
Assuming it is all true can you even fathom your husband and father of your children also having a mistress give birth within 5 days of your child? Such a nightmare.
Can you imagine publicly having to deal with a betrayal of this magnitude? Yes, Maria Shriver is someone familiar with the media by all means, but to be at the epicenter of this scandal must be beyond awful. I feel so sad for her, her children, and her family. To top it all off, this has come to light within one year of her burying 3 very close family members - her mother Eunice Kennedy, founder of the Special Olympics, next came her beloved uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, and then just months later, her father, Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps, passed away after fighting a long battle with Alzheimer's.
As always, Maria Shriver is a total class act and appears to me to be handling it all in stride. Her appearance on Oprah was fabulous. She is to be admired in every way as she captures the spirit of what it means to be an inspiration. By her own actions as an activist and thought leader and through her career as a best selling author, award winning journalist, and of course her most important job as the mother of four children.
So what's next for Maria Shriver?
With her poise, strength, ambition, and track record, I imagine a period of recovery, rebuilding, and hopefully happiness. Her blog at MariaShriver.com and her Facebook page are optimistic and she asked her followers how they handle transitions in their lives just last month - prior to the baby drama hitting the press.
So I think all this has been festering for a while as she prepares for the next stage of her life.
I recently heard Maria Shriver in an NPR interview talking about transition and that basically the hardest thing is not knowing what is next.
When you think about it, before these current issues in her public and private life there was always something huge. From one big career project of her own, to the events she had in association with her esteemed family members, the Kennedys, to Arnold himself, and to her role as First Lady in California. Not to mention her role as a Mother to her four kids, who are now slowly growing up and beginning to leave the nest.
What role or project do you think Maria will take on next? Do you want to see her return to TV? Or write another book? Focus solely on her charity projects?
Or maybe all of the above. But most of all I think the Moms out there are all wishing her happiness and healing.