Katie Holmes, you deserve a round of applause for taking a stand and doing what you felt was right for the best interest of your daughter! We’ve all watched on from the outside as photos and rumors have swept around for years about the good, the bad and the recently ugly side of the Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise relationship. This divorce has most definitely brought Scientology to the forefront of the news, but that’s not what I want to focus on.
Instead of pointing out all of the traditions and beliefs that many whom are not Scientologists are now questioning, I would like to hone in on Katie’s decision. As someone who made the decision several years ago to admit that my marriage needed to end, I am proud that despite everything Katie knew would come forward she stood strong and strategically move forward with her plan. She did what she felt to be important to protect her daughter and herself in the miserable process that is known as a divorce.
When I see photos of Katie and Suri out enjoying all that NYC has to offer it reminds me of my mom and I when we first relocated to New York after my parents divorced. They both look relaxed, happy and genuinely enjoying some mother / daughter bonding time without any concern for the paparazzi storm that is swirling around them. I know on the other side of this is a parent who’s world is crumbling apart, but it is hard for me to not recognize how empowered Katie looks when you see her smiling and living her life proudly with her daughter by her side.
As all kinds of crazy items about Tom’s religious beliefs have been brought to lift, I’m still amazed that their entire divorce process took only eleven days! I’m sure with a child involved there were terms and visitation conditions that they went back and forth about, but I’m proud of Katie for doing what she felt she needed to do for the best future for her daughter (in her eyes at least). It just proves that we each have a strong gal waiting to break out and stand up for what we feel is right no matter what might come from it.
While I’m sure there is no reason that Katie Holmes would be reading this, or even cares my opinion during the very big life change she is undergoing, I still felt it was important to put it out there in the universe that she’s reminded me that standing up for what I feel is best is still the right thing to do. Thank you Katie! Thank you for being a strong, now single, mother and reminding me that we all have the same potential inside of us. Continue to be a shining example to us all and keep on smiling with that adorable young lady of yours. Your future ahead is as bright as Suri’s smile!