If there’s one thing that probably we all miss in the White House, it would be the woman who opened its doors for the world to see it as a home- a place that belongs to everybody regardless of race, religion, gender, or political stance. Michelle Obama has exceptionally done her part as a best friend and a teammate to the man whom we have known as President Obama. In her husband’s words, Michelle took on a role she didn’t ask for and she owned it with grace, grit, style, and humor. Because of that, we have a new generation that sets its sights higher because we have her as a role model. True enough, if I am given the chance of a lifetime, I will pick her to be my mentor and my best friend.
So excited for you to hear the first episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @BarackObama! I wanted to start this season off by discussing our relationship with our community and our country. I hope you'll tune in on @Spotify: https://t.co/iEjVDPIxEs. pic.twitter.com/9svSKNHRZ0— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 29, 2020
The former First Lady launched her new project this week, a podcast, and at the same time announced that the first guest would be none other than the 44th President of the United States, or simply her husband Barack Obama. Their conversation was very vivid and detailed that it felt like you are exactly where they were seated. They talked about people, the amount of love and admiration they got while still holding office and all the respect and honor people gave them when they left the White House. Admit it, we all do miss their wisdom, character, and the way they present themselves to the world. This brilliant podcast gave us a glimpse of their life before and after they took on the role in the Oval.
After the success of her book Becoming, Michelle is set to inspire us again with this podcast, and on its pilot episode Barack and her reflected on their upbringing and their life as public servants. Here are our five takeaways from the Michelle Obama podcast:
- Our community shapes us
Our backgrounds may be different based on the structure of how we brought up but the community we live in affects our choices and the career we take in life. Michelle and Barack both started their career engaging in different communities, and that for them helped in strengthening their relationships with people.
- Part of being a citizen is you give something up
You are not supposed to have it all, because the moment you have everything that only means someone didn’t have anything. Their wisdom on matters that define what Success to most of the people right now is something we all need to hear. Being successful is not about having all the stuff in the world because it will not make you happy. Barack said, “I think I figured out when I got to school that if I’m just chasing after my success that somehow I’m gonna end up alone and unhappy.”
- Your values are shaped by those around you.
Even if our family structure is nothing close to ideal, we still get to grow up with role models in our neighborhood from whom we can all learn from.
- The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Look out for each other especially in these tough times. We can’t beat this pandemic on our own, we have to acknowledge each other’s strengths and continue to encourage everyone to go on. Let us lift each other and take care of everyone.
- Change is dynamic- when it happens, it is usually bumpy and uncomfortable
It is not a continuous arc, said Michelle. If we want to move forward we have to embrace all that. Let us not be complacent with what is going on now, learn to be open. Both of them encourage young people to never lose their voice and continue to get involved in politics because we have to shape the future we wanted to be in.