It Could Always Be Worse: My Change Nation Interview with Cherie Blair
When you get to a place of feeling totally overwhelmed, one of the most helpful things you can do is to put things in perspective. Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, says that it helps her to think of women who have had it much harder than she has, particularly her mother. "Her life was a lot harder than mine," she says, explaining that her mother worked to support two daughters after her father abandoned them. "She didn't have the resources that I have… and yet, she managed."
Blair finds great inspiration in women she has seen around the world—for example, in Rwanda or Sierra Leone—who have been through such terrible experiences as rape, genocide or losing their entire families, and who are perhaps bringing up someone else's children or struggling to bring up their own. "They have their feet panted firmly on the ground," she reports with admiration. "They're not worrying about whether their bum looks too big in whatever it is they're wearing. They're just getting on with life and doing the best for their children."
Whatever she has to suffer through, Blair reminds herself, it's nothing in comparison.
Listen to my entire Change Nation interview with Cherie Blair.