Michelle Obama better known as the First Lady of the United States is the epitome of a hero. It’s just that simple. She steps up to the plate like she can only take a home run and nothing less, and that is why I truly admire this woman. On Monday night, she took to the podium in a striking blue dress by designer Christian Siriano and she stunned the crowd with her poise and presence. During her speech, I listened carefully to her objectives, passions, and thoughts and noted that her point of views have remained the same over the years. For 14 minutes of her speech, the conviction and strength in her voice made me so proud. I understand that in politics some things has to be said, well – politically correct, and so Michelle Obama successfully delivered her tone and beliefs in the most influential way. I wanted to bring attention to 9 things I personally took away from her speech which I believe may capture your attention as well. So here they are:
1. Invest in our youth because they matter: If you know much about our FLOTUS, you should know that one of her biggest fixations are the children. She never forgets to mention time after time that they matter, and we should try to be role models for them. They watch our words and actions and we want to show them that they can be great too. In her own words “we must shape our children”.
2. Appreciate your memories and how far you’ve come: Her story for watching Malia and Sasha on their first day of school had some humor to it, but you can tell she was concerned about how they would be molded with this new life in the public eye. Michelle pointed out that the way they planned to manage them could truly make or break them. And I believe they did an excellent job thus far.
3. Never give up: When she spoke on behalf of Hillary Clinton and her support for her, she encouraged that one should never give up what they are set out to do and are passionate about. She stated that “Hillary knows this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments” We all have disappointments, but we should never give up on our biggest dreams.
4. When they go low, we go high: On bullying, Michelle Obama touched on a huge problem this country and world suffers from. Whether it is cyber bullying, physical bullying, or oppressing individuals or groups of people, it has to stop. Will it stop? Probably not, but she pushes us to take the high road, ignore the hatred, and keep your head high. Staying away from the negativity and not stooping to their level.
5. Team work is vital: Leaning on each other and staying strong with one another is what makes us vigorous. In her speech, she quoted an African proverb that says “It takes a village…” which again, speaks on the importance of raising our children because they are our future. Sticking together and building up on each other’s strength is extremely effective.
6. Persevere: Pushing through your obstacles is the only way to win or get closer to winning. We tend to let our distractions and shortcomings get in the way, and we stop our motion. If we persevered through it all, we will see much progress. Like FLOTUS said ” You need to be steady and measured and well informed”
7. “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves”: The emotion Michelle Obama displayed when she started this part was heartfelt for me. Not ignoring that having a black family as the main dwellers in the White House was probably unheard of for most of us. We never knew when this day would come nor did we ever know if it would happen. And it did. She spoke on how she watches her two young black daughters play on the lawn and once again, the progress this country has made.
8. Our next leader should be Hillary Clinton: Her words, “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States. So, look, so don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth! And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.”
9. We need to go out and vote: Obama preached that we cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. We need to go out and vote and make sure the right leader gets put into office.
What are some things you took away from this speech? If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the full speech. Thanks for reading guys! xo