I’ll be honest: I started reading Dreams from My Father and gave up halfway through. Nothing wrong with the book, it just didn’t speak to me. However, Becoming is really resonating with my soul!
I’m a woman with a high-stress job, a husband, and I want kids. Michelle Obama gets me. She’s a self-proclaimed over-acheiver with a passion for helping her community and I just can’t seem to put the book down because, goddammit, she’s me. I mean, if I were ever dating, engaged, or married to the President of the United States then she and I would be the same.
Her book sections are smartly titled: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More. Ugh, that makes so much sense. Even for the average woman, I think we can all get it. There’s the stage in our lives of figuring out who we are ourselves, then a lot of us figure out how to navigate being 1/2 of a relationship, then we figure out how to figure out the rest of our lives from there.
I feel like I needed this book in my life right at this very moment. Two years post-wedding, I think Mr. Smith and I have really hit a groove in our careers, in our relationship, in our finances, and our goals. I’m excited to read about how Barack and Michelle did it because I too wonder how to keep all the balls juggling sometimes.
One of the best things about the book is that there isn’t any preaching or overt lessons being jammed down my throat. It’s just her and her history and I almost feel like she is telling the reader, “Yeah, I’m flawed. I’ve been through some shit. We all have and I’m here to support you.” I curl up with this book before bed and it’s like a warm embrace telling me that if she can do it, I can do it too.
Have you read Becoming? What did you think? What else are you reading?