Former First Lady Michelle Obama admits that raising two daughters has been an educational experience for her and in the new issue of British Vogue, guest-edited by Meghan Markle, Obama spills all the beans about motherhood.
Meghan Markle conducted the interview with Obama
For the September issue “Forces for Change” by Vogue, Markle is a guest editor and he had the perfect interview topic in mind for a question and answer section: Obama.
She noted in the introduction to the interview that she knew exactly who to tick as a guest for the “back page Q&A feature that is just as informative and whimsical.” Markle remarked: ‘My first thought was that it had to be someone friendly, inspiring, motivating, funny, with gravitas and as much depth as lightness. My second thought: it had to be Michelle Obama. “
The duchess asked Obama if she was ready for the task “during an informal lunch of chicken tacos” and “[Obama] said yes gracefully.”
Markle shared how she had remained “speechless” with how “[Obama] could have answered with a sentence or two” but instead replied with “a thoughtful, reflective and beautifully composed story.”
Obama shared the advice she gives her daughters
Parenthood is not always easy, as Obama noted that “being a mother was a master class in letting go” and taught her that “it is usually my job to give them the space to explore and develop the people she wants to be.” “
To this end, when asked about the advice she gives her daughters, Obama offered this wise wisdom: “Don’t just check the boxes that you think you should check, as I did when I was their age. I tell them that I hope they keep trying new experiences until they find what feels right. And what felt good yesterday may not necessarily feel good today. “
She continued: “That’s OK – it’s even good. When I was in college, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer because it sounded like a job for good, respectable people. It took me a few years to get to my intuition to listen and find a way that better suits who I was, inside and out.
Obama further commented, “Becoming who we are is a continuous process, and thank goodness – because where is it nice to wake up one day and decide that nowhere else is going? That is something I wish I had something As a younger woman, I spent too much to worry that I was not achieving enough, or I was going too far from what I thought was the prescribed path, which I hope my daughters will realize a little earlier, is that there is no prescribed path, that it is OK to deviate, and that the confidence they have to recognize will come with time. “
Obama’s 15-year-old self would ‘be proud’
When Obama was asked what her 15-year-old self would think of who she became, she shared how she was a great student, with ‘through-the-roof standards for herself’. Obama explained that her 15-year-old self would be “proud of how far I got – but she didn’t let me down.” I feel like she would give me one of those silent recognition buttons, you know? She would remind me that there are still too many girls on the south side of Chicago who are being put out, put aside, or told that they dream too big. She would tell me to keep fighting for them. “
At a bit of a cheeky moment, she admitted, “If I’m honest, she would probably laugh about how cute my husband is.”