I am reading Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please at the moment and it’s very funny. She is a writer and producer and actor and she reminds us that although we sometimes think we are not enough, we actually are.
She once said, “I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler.” I just love that.
She joined an improv group at Boston College when she was a student there, moved on to Comedy Central years later and ended up at Saturday Night Live. She was there during some of the most epic sketches, including those highlighting the 2008 election campaign with Sarah Palin. And she helped write and present some truly funny, smart jokes when she co-hosted the Golden Globes with Tina Fey.
But aside from all her professional success, she has done a lot for the esteem of young girls by co-founding a movement called Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Their mission for girls is to Change The World By Being Yourself.
Their Web site says their organization is “dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over ‘fitting in.’ We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves.”
In a day and age when Photoshop and Hollywood are telling girls they will never be enough, I think Amy’s organization is a big step for girl-kind.
Amy said, “Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.”
She also said, “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
I think that’s what we all want Amy. Thanks for reminding us.