Becoming by Michelle Obama

What a woman! What a book!
I loved it. I read it slowly, letting the message of it sink in gradually. A book we all should read. A book that gives hope.

“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. […] It’s all a process, steps along the path. Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there’s more growing to be done.”

“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”

I’ve heard that this book is sugar coated, that it’s all “look how great we are” story. It is not this. It’s a story of a woman who came from a loving home, who was given a chance to become someone even she couldn’t imagine becoming. It’s a story of life to be proud of, of someone who did her best to live this kind of life. I’m amazed by Michelle Obama’s graciousness, by her love for life, her love for her family and her optimism.

And then I watched Becoming, the Netflix documentary on Michelle Obama and it’s good. Dare I to say that I liked it more than the book?

I’ve read Becoming in 2019 and I really liked it, but I also thought that it was too much about her husband, you know the 44th President of the United States. The documentary is so much more about Michelle, so much more her own story and I loved that we could see her there more clearly.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that being a wife of an elected politician is so much more about him that you. And I can imagine that that’s the book she needed to write, that this was her story. For many years her life was about Barack and his dreams and ambitions and I salute her for standing beside him through all of this.

Now she’s able to forge her own path, write her own story, follow her own dreams and ambitions. Maybe that’s where her becoming begins.

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