“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
What a woman! Bold, compassionate, intelligent, honest, authentic, wise, down to earth and loving. This is how she came across to me in this book. She spoke from her heart and I was able to connect with her instantly. From her people pleasing, box checker days to her bold decision to quit a high paying job in the corporate world in pursuit of more fulfilling work; from her out of control emotional roller coaster days of infertility and miscarriage to her path to becoming the First Lady of United States and raising her daughters in the White House, under the public eye; from stepping out of her simple desires of raising a family in the suburbs to her fierce desire to protect her own daughters from the new world that they found themselves in at the White House; Michele Obama speaks honestly and truthfully in this book.
It takes a certain kind of person to love and support a spouse with a larger than life personality like Mr Obama, who truly believed that he could change the world. The intimate portrait of Mr Obama I got from Michele’s perspective, as a man who inhaled books on heavy subjects; often reading 6 or 7 of them at once, a deep thinker (one of my tribe), whom she would catch in the middle of the night staring at the ceiling, thinking about how to solve the problem of income inequality; as a man who didn’t bother to fold his clothes but still made significant impact on the world; as a man who fiercely loved his family but was also very well aligned with a much higher purpose in life; was simply mind blowing to me. Michele also taught me quite a few things about love and marriage by sharing intimate details about her own marriage.
If there is one book that you would want to get in audio then this is it. Narrated in her own voice, Michele’s memoir really came alive for me via audible. I am so in love with this book that I asked for a hard copy for my home library as a Wedding Anniversary gift and my husband was more than happy to oblige. Now, I am the proud owner of a brand new hardcover copy of this book, which I also intend to read in future, possibly after my daughter is at an age where she can read and absorb the content in it. This is easily one of my top reads in 2018. This also happens to be the last book that I finished reading in 2018.