Michelle Obama Shares Emotional Note She Wrote To Her Younger Self And We’re So Inspired
We didn’t think it was possible to love Michelle Obama more. After her press tour for her memoir Becoming, however, we learned we can indeed. Obama has been making the rounds, continuing to win hearts with her down-to-earth sense of humor and fashion-forward looks — those boots! After participating in the Note to Self series, it’s no surprise that Michelle Obama’s thoughtful letter to a younger version of herself has touched millions.
Am I Good Enough?
As a contributor to the CBS series, Obama chose to write a letter to her former self on the day she started as a freshman at Princeton University. She echoed the feelings of insecurity and self-doubt that so many of us have experienced.
“You’re at one of the finest universities in the world. You’re smiling, and you should be, you worked hard for this. But even now, after you reached your goal, you’re still not quite sure if you belong and can’t get one question out of your mind: ‘Am I good enough?'”
After encouraging her younger self to appreciate the sacrifices her parents made for her, Michelle told herself to treasure the moments with her father, who died not that long after Obama started college.
Next, she mentioned the moment she met Barack: “You’ll open your heart to someone whose upbringing was nothing and everything like yours, all at the same time. He’s driven by a hopeful set of ideals. He’s grounded and kind and absolutely brilliant. And he’s pretty good looking, too. I thought you’d appreciate that.”
Reflect The Light Back
The opposite of worrying, Michelle wrote, is thinking you’re special.
“It will be easy to think you’re something special,” she stated. “Just remember that there are millions of people who grew up like you did and don’t get this kind of spotlight. Reflect the light back on them. There are so many people out there like you, Miche. Black girls and minorities of all kinds, working-class kids from big cities and small towns, people who doubt themselves, who are uncertain about whether they belong but have so much to offer the world. Share your story with them, the struggles and the triumphs and everything else. Show them that there’s more beauty inside than they can see right now.”
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