CNN interviewed Serena Williams when she was 9. Here’s what she said and this is what they said.
A lot of you have not seen the interview Serena Williams did with the New York Times in the past few days. Her words are not mine, but they are her words. So, I thought it’d be fun to dig up the conversation for you to enjoy and, along the way, learn a thing or two about how the world works in 2020.
The New York Times interviewed Serena Williams when she was nine. Her childhood was as far from the norm as it could be. Born in 1989, Serena attended the public school system in Charlotte, North Carolina for most of her school years. She took a standard high school course load and made plenty of friends.
You are born in November. By all indications you are a very average, averagely smart kid. So you probably have a decent chance at going to college. You don’t know what you want to do. And, you’re probably a huge fan of the Serena Williams story that you hear about every day.
So that’s where you start off with that. That’s your first impression of your own story.
You’re like, you’re a good reader…You probably like to read a lot but you don’t know what to read. That’s your second impression of your own story. Then, a couple of years later you fall in love with a tennis player. You love to watch Serena Williams. You love seeing her play. When you see her playing you are on cloud nine. You are giddy.
Your third impression is that, actually, you are pretty cool. Or at least you are not too cool.
Your fourth impression is something like, “Oh, that’s a good thing.” That’s when your life begins to change.
When you’re young and you love tennis, you think about the game a lot. And when you’re a kid you talk about playing