Columbia Law recently announced that Amal Alamuddin Clooney will become a member of their faculty this spring. She will lecture on human rights law as a visiting faculty member and as a senior fellow with the Law School’s Human Rights Institute. She previously served as an adviser to Kofi Annan in his role as a United Nations special adviser for Syria, and stays incredibly involved in her work to end sexual violence against women and children living in conflict zones. She has handled cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Her impressive resume and high profile clients make her a fantastic example of a woman who can participate in multiple professional projects.
As women we are often taught to aspire to be one thing and to create a “timeline” with a date of when we will be working, married, and have children by. It’s almost as if we are being programmed to believe that we can only do one thing with our lives or that we must choose to limit ourselves in order to make life easier. However women like Amal prove that we can all have more than “one life” that is filled with many meaningful, exciting, and powerful projects that fulfill us. Amal has proven time and time again that she is more than just someone’s wife and has forged a path for herself in a world where men are consistently taking the lead. She has invested in herself as a woman and focused on her career while creating a life that is filled with power and meaning.
This is especially important for those graduating high school & college this year that feel the pressure of important life choices. Decide what is important to you and honor that, while letting it inspire you every single day. Do not define your life in terms of all or nothing and do not think that changing your mind about what’s important to you depreciates your goals or success. Create your path to happiness on your own terms and speak about things that excite you rather than dwelling on negative feelings. Most importantly, do not compare yourself to anyone else. Get to know yourself intimately and create an authentic life that honors the things you believe in.