The start of a new week and a new book accompanied by a beautiful sunrise!
In honor of President’s Day, we are using this opportunity to focus on the First Lady of the United States. Specifically, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, our First Ladies for the first 16 years of the new millennium. The role of First Lady has never been officially defined, nor does it come with a salary. Seen as the hostess of the White House, the First Lady has a prominent and vital role in American society as they champion causes to benefit the American People.
Becoming by Michelle Obama begins by her reflecting on childhood in Southside Chicago. Obama gives insight into day to day life as she lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her family. With her parents and her brother Craig, we are introduced to a family unit committed to each other and the future. Her parents talked to her and her brother as adults allowing them to inquire on anything and everything as they grew up. With an abundance of curiosity, ambition, and feistiness, Michelle Obama navigated through childhood and adolescence with purpose. Her family and friends provided the nurturing and support she needed to accomplish her goals including admission to Princeton University.
Throughout the first half, Obama provides the lived experiences of a black working-class family. Obama’s parents served in the community in various roles, for example, the PTA and as precinct chair of the Democratic Party. Whether following her father as he met with members of the community to address their concerns or how her mother advocated for her education and supported her school through fundraising and volunteering, Obama was provided examples of how to take pride in responsibility. She also saw the changes in her neighborhood and school as white families moved to the suburbs and families of color moved in.
Falling in love with Barack Obama was not the plan, but once she allowed herself to feel anything the feelings came rushing in. A beautiful love story that leads to a family with two beautiful daughters. At the turn of the century, life was busy, full of love, but all was about to change as Barack decided to run for the Senate in 2004.
Foster Park, established in 1952 with11.92 acres, is located at the intersection of Trail Lake Dr and South Drive north of I-20 in Fort Worth’s 3rd District. The park has beautiful trails with benches along the way. The trees that surround the park and the creek that runs through it provide a great atmosphere to read. Across the street on South Dr, there is a pond that you can enjoy with your latest book. A beautiful park to see a sunrise in Fort Worth!
As Michelle Obama met with a college counselor, she felt the sting of dismissive judgment when an adult speaks of her goal to attend Princeton as unlikely. Her realization and choice to overcome that perspective helped her trust her judgment.
But as I’ve said, failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result. And for me, it felt like that’s exactly what she was planting—a suggestion of failure long before I’ve even tried to succeed. She was telling me to lower my sights, which was the absolute reverse of every last thing my parents had ever told me.
Had I decided to believe her, her pronouncement would have toppled my confidence all over again, reviving the old thrum of not enough, not enough.
But three years of keeping up with the ambitious kids at Whitney Young had taught me that I was something more. I wasn’t going to let one person’s opinion dislodge everything I thought I knew about myself.
We often hear people say they need to get to know themselves, find themselves, do some soul searching, or reflection. The need for self-discovery and self-examination are vital as we navigate life. Once we understand who we are and what we want out of life, we can then understand the choices we need to make, the advice that is relevant, and the resources that can help. This allows us to identify our purpose and contribute to our collective future. Let us take each day as the blessing that it is to become the best version of ourselves!
Reading provides a wonderful opportunity for the reflection we need in life! Keep reading Fort Worth!