Lean in, but don’t forget why you’re doing it
Every weekend I peruse the news, The Times being my reading matter of choice. Two stories jumped out at me this weekend. The first was the working life of the British, New York based media mogul, Joanna Coles, who heads up Hearst. Clearly an incredibly driven and accomplished business woman, she oversees 300 magazines, produces television shows and has even participated in a reality show herself whilst editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. She is a remarkable woman, a role model for many young women and girls, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. Here is a woman whose desk is her treadmill on which she pounds mile after mile in high heels. Yes, really! She speed watches television to save time and she and her husband went straight back to work after getting married – no time for a long weekend let alone a honeymoon. At the same time she is so concerned with the amount of time her teenage sons spend on their phones she bought them a little wooden bed with a mini duvet to “tuck them in” at night. Credit to her boys that they saw how utterly absurd this was, but here’s the point. She has created a life that, to the outsider at least, means she has no time to actually enjoy the gilded world in which she exists. She cannot afford the time to watch the media she helps to create. She is concerned with her sons’ reliance on (one presumes) social media, yet cannot find time to spend with them.
The second article was the sad news that fashion editor and stylist, Lucy Ewing, has died from cancer at the age of 55. Her husband, the photographer Robert Wyatt, passed away just a few months ago and their two teenage children now face life without either parent, a lonely and bewildering position for any child to find themselves.
These articles are a stark reminder that we are on this planet for a very short period of time and that we must never lose sight of what is important.