As I've been struggling a lot lately with how I feel about myself, how I view myself, and how I want others to see me, this was a perfectly timed read. I picked it up as a bargain buy on Amazon for my Kindle, and I'm so glad I did. Shriver tells about how she felt out of sorts with herself as the First Lady of California, because she felt she was more than that. As she questioned herself, she found that she had at one time linked much of her identity to her career, but that didn't feel right either. As she delved into writing a speech for her nephew's high school graduation, she wrestled with the questions; what did these kids want to hear? who was she that they would ask her to give the speech? I especially enjoyed her pledge to herself at the end.
When I saw Maria Shriver interviewed about this book, I immediately identified with her identity struggle. I went through much the same when my last child married and moved out. Who am I, really, if not defined by those around me?
This book speaks to all of us who go through this at one time or another. My only disappointment is that the book is not longer, and more expansive on the issue.
This book would make a perfect gift for mothers, or daughters as we all experience this issue at varying times in our lives.
I'm not much for the "Self Help" category of books, but this one is a bit different; one must get over the reality that the writer comes from a very priveleged and public family; but, that once done, Ms. Shriver's self analysis comes across as aware of herself, aware of her family's almost self-imposed HUGE regard for public service and the role of herself as First Lady of California. She also understands that all that is not enough as far as defining herself. How she goes about that task is wonderfully endearing and absorbing...GOOD READ!!!