This Design Matters post is a departure from our usual format. I originally posted this short piece on LinkedIn, and the positive responses keep rolling in. I wanted to share it here, too. I think many of us are feeling a need to hold our loved ones closer, to connect in a meaningful way, after the spotlight that shined on suicide, and the pain and isolation that can contribute to its causes, with the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I realized after writing it that, although I don’t use the word “resilience,” it’s that capacity to recover from difficulty that I am talking about.
Love Letter to My Daughter
Last Friday, when I should’ve been working the phone, making those marketing calls (people seem more receptive on Fridays), I decided instead to write my 26-year-old daughter a long-overdue love letter. Our lives as parents are always complicated and challenging, whatever our circumstances. It’s hard — but important — to see through to the heart of it all. We need to remember that, as our kids transition into young adulthood, whatever swagger or aloofness they may affect, they too have many of the same insecurities that we ourselves have grappled with at one time or another. We can help them see that while growing up is a finite process, growth is a reward earned throughout life by facing the insecurities, the challenges, the disappointments, and pushing forward. And as their parents, like no one else in the world, we know just how amazing they are.
Julie Markfield, CEO & Creative Director