Recently I began listening to podcasts because I thought maybe I wanted to do a podcast. I had never listened to one before, so I figured I should check them out. During one episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (a show I watch on the daily), she had Dax Shepard on giving relationship advice and at the end, shared he also had a podcast called Armchair Expert.
Intrigued, I checked it out. Now, let me tell you, these episodes are CRAZY long! Like 2 hours! The first episode I listened to, he talked to his Parenthood wife Joy Bryant. I found her fascinating and I was eager to listen to more podcasts by Dax. So I went on to the one with his real wife Kristen Bell. Then, for some reason, iTunes took me to the Ashton Kutcher episode and, let me tell ya, that one was rough. I didn’t make it past 30 minutes. But yesterday, I received an alert about a new episode featuring Ellen.
Obviously, I was going to listen.
It was a shorter episode (only 53 minutes!), but I felt so much was shared I had never heard before. What I found inspiring was her views on success. At the time, she thought her T.V. sitcom was the pinnacle of her career. So when she lost the show after coming out of the closet, she didn’t know what to do or where to go. Clearly, we know she was able to not only reinvigorate her career but become more famous, popular and pervasive than she could have ever hoped to dream.
This insight helped give me hope. I struggle with how successful my life has been or could be and how to move forward after the kids are in school. I feel old and out of touch (at times) these days. Ellen started over at the tender age of 45. If she can do it, I can too!