I’ve just asked Hillary Clinton my final question in an exclusive interview. She winks, adjusts the scrunchie in her hair, and shakes my hand.
It’s the greatest moment of my career as a journalist – just me, Hills, and a TV crew. It’s my moment, and I’ll hug it to myself for the rest of my life.
Then my boyfriend walk in, smiles, gets down on one knee and proposes. It’s surreal, and the first feeling I have is anger.
But we’ll get to that in a moment. For a start, I don’t have a boyfriend and I’ve never met Hills.
Imagine your career-defining moment. If you’re a chef, maybe your restaurant just got awarded three hats. A teacher, you’ve just changed a kid’s life. An entrepreneur, you’ve just received a massive cheque from an investor. Whatever it is, it’s the most sublime feeling of elation and total, exhausted satisfaction. The pride belongs to you and you alone – that’s part of the greatness.
Then your partner arrives, unannounced. He or she asks for your hand in marriage. Your career highlight is quickly replaced by a romantic, shared happiness. What was all about you as your own person, as a successful individual, is suddenly about you as a couple. And that’s nice, but goddamn you worked hard for that soufflé/student/cheque/interview – that achievement deserved its own celebration.
That’s what just happened to Dutch tennis player Michaella Krajicek. She’d just slammed her opponent on the court in Holland, bringing her closer to competing at Wimbledon. She was sweaty, fierce, and so, so happy. She wrapped a towel around her shoulders, dabbed the sweat from her forehead and smiled, knowing she’d just changed her own life.
But she only got 30 seconds to celebrate the highlight of her career as an elite athlete.
Michaella’s boyfriend, German tennis player Martin Emmrich, appears on the court right after her victory. You can see she’s confused, and he’s emotional. He proposes, she says yes, the ring slips onto the right finger, they cry, they hug, the crowd goes wild. The video goes viral and the proposal makes news around the world.