Once in a while, there is a book that is so poignant, you will remember it for years to come. That is exactly what happened the moment I read the first word of Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.
Let me preface this by saying I already knew I would like this book. I mean I have been in awe of the former first lady and her work for years. What I didn’t expect was to finish reading the book wondering “what would Michelle Obama do” whenever I face any new worries or troubles.
The book is full of poise and elegance as one would expect from Michelle Obama but it also offered so much more. Through her words, you see her empathy, strength, determination and ambition. You get an insight into the small parts of her childhood which shaped the woman we see before us today.
Behind the story of this incredible woman is a story of hard work, love, family and sacrifice. In the pages, you see the difficulties she faces even today not just as a woman but as an African American woman. As a fellow woman and a woman of colour, my heart ached hearing the resilience and determination through her words and I ended up almost crying. The more I read, the more I saw Michelle’s strength. With every event she spoke about, I was reminded of her courage and how important it is to look at the bigger picture. Something both her and Barack Obama did and continue to do was build for the future while living in the present.
The bit which I think most readers will find interesting to read are the parts where she discusses her relationship with Barack Obama. Mainly because I haverarely seen her discuss it so openly. I don’t want to spoil it because I won’t do the beautiful words she has written justice but suffice to say, the love she has for him is very clear. She also offers an insight into what it is like to be in a relationship where both parties are ambitious and want to envoke change in the world.
Aside from this, she discusses what it is like making her mark as a lawyer, the decision to move on from that profession and the struggles she faced figuring out what she wanted to do with her life. As someone who often asks myself what I am doing, I found this relatively comforting.
There is a lot more I could say on this book trust me but for now, all I am going to say, if you are a woman, no if you are human, looking for evening the smallest amount of inspiration and hope you need this in your life.