I have always liked Dustin Hoffman and enjoyed his work as an actor. But having seeing this interview on YouTube, has made me view him in a whole new light. It has really made me think about raising Piper and how much I really want to figure out just the right “mix” of confidence and kindness. I want her to NEVER doubt herself, but to also NEVER make someone else doubt themselves. It is a daunting task. Given the millions of images we are all exposed to, along with the constant “buzz” of instant judgement (Facebook likes, Twitter favorites, Instagram comments and Pinterest hearts and re-pins) it is impossible for anyone to not be influenced by some of what is out there, on a daily basis.
My hope is that although she may strive for beauty, that I can help her in defining what exactly IS beautiful. To remind her just how it feels when someone does something nice, or performs some random act of kindness; that warmth and goodness that you experience. I want her to see THAT as BEAUTIFUL (beauty from the inside) rather than just what is on the outside. I want to help her understand the importance of getting to know someone and to judge them on their character and actions, and NOT just on what your brain has been programmed to think about what one sees on the surface. The truth is, it is hard for all of us to ALWAYS remember that, and constantly apply it to our lives, particularly when there are so many different sources that seem to completely ignore such beliefs and values.
My wish for my daughter; to guide her through all of the crap and bullshit, so she can see and appreciate all of the true beauty that is within SO many people she will meet in life.