The twists and turns of life can lead you to places that you have never imagined. Who would have thought that Michelle Obama would one day become the First Lady of The United States Of America. In her memoir, she takes us through her journey.
It is a very relatable story. She shares her insecurities, her struggles her fears and her achievements. It is hard not to notice that every step that happens to your life is a preparation ground for what lies ahead. This book simply shows us the human side of Michelle Obama. It makes us connect with her knowing that she too has gone through challenges. Here are some powerful quotes that we extracted from the book.
1.”Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.”
2. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice. I tried my best to speak the truth and shed light on the stories of people who are often brushed aside.”
3.“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.
4. “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
5. “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
6. “A happy marriage can be a vexation, that it’s a contract best renewed and renewed again, even quietly and privately—even alone.”
7. “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”
8. “In my blinding drive to excel, in my need to do things perfectly, I’d missed the signs and taken the wrong road.”
9. “You don’t really know how attached you are until you move away, until you’ve experienced what it means to be dislodged, a cork floating on the ocean of another place.”
10. “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”
11. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”
12. “It hurts to live after someone has died. It just does. It can hurt to walk down a hallway or open the fridge. It hurts to put on a pair of socks, to brush your teeth. Food tastes like nothing. Colors go flat. Music hurts, and so do memories. You look at something you’d otherwise find beautiful—a purple sky at sunset or a playground full of kids—and it only somehow deepens the loss. Grief is so lonely this way.”
13. “Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”
14. “In life you control what you can.”
15. “This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path—the my-isn’t-that-impressive path—and keep you there for a long time.”
16. “Bullies were scared people hiding inside scary people.”
Michelle Obama is for sure a role model to many. You can read the book summary of Becoming Michelle Obama here.