Remembering Diana’s Legacy While I’m in London
It’s crazy. We’re walking through Kensington Palace today and, I’m gonna be honest, I’m not super up on all my British history, but going in and seeing photos of Diana was really humbling.
It reminds me how much of an impact one person can have and not just on their city, their country, but the entire world. Her impact was so varied. I mean, as the Princess of Wales, she was involved with helping people who were suffering from AIDS and HIV in the 80s. Then after she had William and Harry, she actually opened up about suffering from postpartum depression and bulimia and was willing to tell the stories, vulnerable stories that helped other people.
That allowed them to say, “Wow, somebody that I look up to, somebody that seems to have life all together suffers from some of the same things I do.”
The same thing when she talked and would shine lights on depression that she dealt with. It really empowered other people because they saw somebody they looked up to that had similar problems as they did and that’s why, I think, they consider her to be the people’s princess. And then even beyond that, you also have to think of things like her contributions to the fashion industry and how she was looked up to because she shared her passion in that and her pieces of clothing became very sought after. She was a trend setter as well.
And so, it just seems that it’s this one person can have so much impact and carry a legacy in so many different ways because she was willing to just be who she was and be who she was boldly.
And then also, share those vulnerable moments that she was selectively vulnerable and in doing so empowered herself and also empowered others to take ownership of the things they may be struggling with, seek help, and ultimately change their life as well.
So, it was a reminder to me to keep making an impact, ’cause you just don’t know, what you’re doing today could last far beyond your years here. Her time was cut so short, but she’s still inspiring people now.