Chelsea Clinton credits her father, the former President of the United States, for instilling a sense of responsibility in her.
Although Chelsea Clinton went through a rough spot during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked her father’s presidency, she attributes her moral compass to the lessons her dad taught her.
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Recently, in a Father’s Day Message, she stressed the role fathers play in their daughter’s lives. She said that is was hard for her to describe in words the level of intensity with which her own father had bolstered her efforts to succeed in life.
“It is impossible for me to describe the extent to which my father has supported me, nurtured me and empowered me over the years,” Chelsea Clinton said in her video message.
He had provided all the moral support and nurtured her nature via his words and deeds. She also spoke of how by encouraging her to be a risk-taker (and not a reckless risk-taker) he had inculcated the spirit of exploration in her.
She was grateful to her father, Bill Clinton, for being there in her time of need. And her father had especially told her to do deeds that would make the world a better place. His words had had a very deep impact on her.
“Through his words and even more his actions, he has always taught me the importance of doing right, by our family, by the communities that I have chosen to be a part of and, ultimately, by the world,” she said, adding, “He has always challenged me to take risks, not unnecessary ones but the ones that are necessary to be the person that I want to be and to have the impact I hope to have on the world.”
The basic effort that Chelsea is a part of is titled the G(irls)20. It is basically a global movement to support fathers in their nurturing actions. These would help their daughters in their individual paths in life.
The Radisson Hotel founder, Carlson Redizo, is also a part of the campaign. Already there have been accolades that the initiative has invited from the likes of Shakira and Richard and Holly Branson. In a maxim that she learnt from her father, Chelsea Clinton sums up her philosophy of life.
"Certainly, one of his credos that I've adopted fully is that it is always better to get caught trying than to never have tried at all," said Chelsea.
It is better to have tried and been caught in the act than never to have tried at all. In other words, one should be bold and have the guts to acknowledge any wrongdoing on one’s part rather than be a coward and hide behind excuses.
Life only comes once so it is best to enjoy it for what it is worth. We sure have come a long way since the days of patriarchal conservatism. It is a much broader and liberal world we live in today. And if mothers make men out of their sons then fathers make daughters into independent and goal-oriented females who are fearless and freedom-loving.