Maria Shriver gets support, advice from YouTube viewers [Video]
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's announcement on Monday that they were separating after 25 years of marriage has focused new attention on a video Shriver made earlier this year.
The video, posted March 28 and available below, has Shriver facing a camera to talk about the stresses of making a major transition in one's life. As the Times Mark Z. Barabak described it:
Shriver, 55, spoke openly about the uncertainty she felt about moving on to the next phase of her life. "It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said to supporters. Though there was no intimation of a split, Shriver appeared without her wedding ring. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," Shriver said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"
Since the couple announced their split Monday night, some commenters have offered support to Shriver on the YouTube message board.
"I hope for you and your children that you can have some privacy during the midst of this difficult time in your marriage," one said.
Added another: "You are so brave! Often, we think women of means have it all together. Thank you for letting those of us who are regular middle class moms know that you also feel this struggle. I have known for years that, for me, it's not about money but purpose."
"Good luck to you," said a third commenter. "The unknown IS scary. Be kind to yourself, don't be afraid to mix things up, and break down scary obstacles into bite sized peices."
Photo: Maria Shriver with her children at her husband's January 2010 State of the State address. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times