Former United States First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Centre for a noon time conversation with University of Manitoba Chancellor Anne Mahon in front of a crowd of thousands on September 24 as part of her memoir “Becoming” tour.
The book chronicles her life story as a child from a working class family in South Side of Chicago to a not normal family life at the White House.
“I hope that kids see themselves in my journey and realize they can have same opportunities in life”.
A big number of the audience were students coming from different schools and colleges in Manitoba who were given free passes.
Michelle was welcomed with a loud cheer and standing ovation. Many were smittened by her intelligence, confidence, eloquence, humility, class and wit.
The wife of former United States President has established herself as role model for women and youths and as a strong advocate of empowerment, equality, healthy living and fight against poverty.
Here are top 10 words of wisdom she shared:
1. We can not define ourselves by the color of our skin, language or culture. It is truly what’s within us that define us.
2. Parents have everything inside that they need to make their children thrive. They should have confidence in their children and teach them honesty and good values to live by.
3. Be proud of your own story. It is what you have. By not hiding anything liberates you.
4. When others go low, we go high.
5. . Education is the most powerful equalizer because it provides chance to people.
7. Exercise is part of my daily routine to remain physically strong. We, as mothers, don’t have a lot of time. As a morning person, I make use of time when my kids are still asleep.
8, Women and kids around the world have the gift and potentials. Even if we do not have money, accesss or resources, just like me coming as a working class kid, we are born with innateness and abilities.
9. Continue to strive to be even more. It feels to be so much better to be working with and for other people.
10. Mentor someone in your life today. The power to change someone else’s life is power. And that is true service.
Not all people are gifted with the ability to connect to people the same way Michelle Obama does.
I am glad I went to listen to her with my sister Antonette. Definitely one of those moving testimonies that did not bore me and which penetrated to my very core.
Michelle Obama is regarded as one of the most iconic and highly respected women of this generation.
Her book “Becoming” was published in 2018 in 24 languages and is by far, considered the biggest-selling autobiography ever written.