Don’t you just love listening to Michelle Obama speak? In addition to actually having a beautiful voice, the former First Lady has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that she readily shares with women around the world.
That her husband’s two terms in office came to an end didn’t signal the end of her efforts trying to make the world a better place.
If anything, it actually freed her from official White House business, allowing her more freedom in pursuing causes dear to her heart.
With a little more time on her hands, Michelle even managed to write a memoir, Becoming, which, upon its release, became an instant bestseller.
At 2019’s edition of the Essence Festival, the mother-of-two had a sit down with Gayle King to discuss the memoir, and as usual, there was a lot for everyone to learn.
Firstly, Michelle insisted that mothers deserve to take care of themselves. Being a mother herself, the former First Lady has had to deal with so much pressure of raising her children the right way that she didn’t have any time for herself.
She even admitted to mothers not even having themselves on their priority list, let alone topping it. King was also in agreement that moms are ever catering to the needs of other, that they may even feel guilty to take some personal time.
However, Michelle said that women should stop thinking in this direction, although she also admitted that the change wouldn’t happen overnight.
Instead, she insisted on starting the conversation to change the narrative, and slowly but surely mothers would learn that they deserve to prioritize themselves.
Waking up, going about our daily business, then going back home in perfect condition is normal, right? You might have said yes, but what we don’t realize is how lucky we are to be in good health.
Michelle dedicated a part of her book to talk about her father, who passed on at 55 after battling multiple sclerosis. As she told King, hardly a day goes by without her thinking about her late dad.
That ill health led to his untimely death is the reason why she can never take being healthy for granted. No wonder she advocates for proper lifestyle choices.
Counseling Isn’t Weakness
Michelle and Obama are quite the couple, and for 27 years of marriage, they are still very much in love. However, the 55-year-old comes clean and admits that marriage is hard work.
In her book, she says that young couples look up to them as role models, but they make the mistake of thinking that it’s all adorable smiles all the time.
Married couples face problems along the way, and if seeking counseling helps, Michelle is all for it. She advises that seeking help is not a sign of weakness.
When King asked about intimacy, Michelle broke into a laugh. Still, she admitted that being intimate is good for a marriage, no matter how old either party in the relationship is.
Revealing the funny bone that we all know she’s got, the former First Lady called out Gayle King for thinking that she could answer this specific question in the negative.