Priya Bradfield (priyabradfield) wrote,
Priya Bradfield

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Just so sad...

One of my childhood icons died on Sunday. Peter Jennings, anchor of ABC News World News Tonight. I grew up wanting his job. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a journalist. Every night, my family would watch the news. It was a ritual, one that I still wish I could do. I went to college intending on becoming a journalist, first in tv, then I changed to print. Got my degree in journalism and international relations, but never really did anything with it. Funny how dreams change.

But anyway, the point of this is that I am just so sad that Peter Jennings is no longer on this world. I just finished watching Larry King Live, which was actually a day behind. So, it was aired in the US on Monday, one day after Peter died. Tom Brokow, Dan Rather and Barbara Walters were on the show. It was amazing, listening them talk about Peter Jennings in the past tense. I mean, I can't believe that he's not on the air anymore...actually I can't believe that any of those three anchors are not on the air anymore. Just doesn't seem right somehow. I know, it is weird that I'm going on about this, but I grew up with Tom, Dan and Peter on the nightly news casts.

Peter Jennings has such poise, such grace, such heart and passion for what he did. I remember wanting to be like him, wanting to love what I do so much that it wouldn't just be a job, but my life. I don't have that and wonder what it is like...Chris seems to have it to some degree. He doesn't mind coming home and getting right back on his computer and continuing to work until the wee hours of the morning. He is excited by what he is doing almost on a daily basis.

I don't know what really stopped me from pursuing that dream. Well, actually I do know. I wasn't prepared to do all the travelling that journalism would entail at that time of my life. And looking back, that was the time to do it. *sigh*

Hindsight is 20/20.

RIP Peter...

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