When I came across this book what prompted me to buy it and give it a go would have been the cover page. It was a picture an ear-to-ear smiling picture of Michelle Obama and somehow it seemed real. I was a bit sceptical still before I started reading but when I did, I hardly felt like putting the book down. It was amazing how many instances in the are relatable.
There is a lesson in hope for everyone whether you are a student at school or college from a minority community, a parent trying to instil confidence in your child, a working mother trying to find the right work-home balance or someone who wants to be a good leader, to be someone who speaks up and uses her voice for what is right while in a mainly male-dominated meeting.
Girls’ education and healthy eating habits are the main concerns among many others for which she launches two major campaigns.
Her Mantra throughout the book is” work hard” which she lives by and advocates her success to through which as she quotes in the book as” I am an ordinary person who found herself in an extraordinary journey”.
Most of all she takes us through her highs and lows as the first-ever African American first lady, the experiences of her President husband and two young daughters who undergo the overwhelming journey with her and survive the mess politics put them in. With increasing gravity, we realize how they create history by becoming the first-ever African American family in the white house.
She ends her memoir with a powerful message on how to fight differences:
” Let’s invite one another in. Maybe we can begin to fear less, make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases that unnecessarily divide us . Maybe we can embrace the ways we are the same. It is not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There is power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, and in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.”
It is a through and through motivational read, one that is not boring and one that I would highly recommend.