I lost one of my heroes recently. Mary Tyler Moore (Dec. 29, 1936 - Jan. 25, 2017) had a profound impact on my life that I only recently fully realized. In 1970, when I was 5 years old, the Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered, and broke new ground in television. Mary was the first never-married, independent career woman to be the central character in a TV series. She was smart, funny and successful - all by herself. The show ran for 7 seasons, and to my impressionable ages 5 to 12 brain, she became my “rock star” role model. They say timing is everything, and I count myself lucky that the timing worked out so perfectly for me.
Mary taught me that I could be anything I chose, and there were no barriers too high, wide, deep or impenetrable. She taught me that being smart was a good thing, and that women could have careers too. Sometimes she was nervous or afraid, but it never stopped her from reaching for her goals. I learned about friendship, independence, success, humility, fun and perseverance - all from a silly sitcom that I watched from my seat on the floor in the living room.
I took those lessons and went to college and eventually law school. Then I started my own business and spent 16 years building it into a place where young professionals now learn, grow and experience their own successes. I did it because nobody said I couldn’t … and that all started with Mary, and the lesson that “… you’re gonna make it after all!”
So if you happen to see me suddenly spin around and throw my hat in the air, I haven’t lost my mind … it’s my tribute to this amazing woman who blazed the trail for all of us to follow (or not - because she made that ok too!).
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Susan Hunter, Attorney at Law - Hunter Estate & Elder Law