Michelle Obama penned a note to her younger self for a new segment of CBS This Morning on Tuesday.
In it, the former first lady addressed herself as she headed off to college at Princeton University from her home in Chicago.
The letter was at times emotional and heartwarming as well as humorous and sentimental, with Obama assuring her younger self that one day she would meet a ‘pretty good looking’ guy.
This comes as Obama has officially claimed the honor of having the bestselling book of the year, with three-million copies of Becoming being sold in less than a month.
As a result, she has now added 21 stops to her arena tour in support of the book.
But as Obama tells it, she never would have imagined her life heading this way 35 years ago when she started college.
Historic sales: Obama has officially claimed the honor of having the bestselling book of the year, with three-million copies of Becoming being sold in less than a month. She is pictured in childhood photos here
‘Dear Miche, There you are, in your jean jacket and braids, a long way from that little apartment on the South Side of Chicago. You’re at one of the finest universities in the world. You’re smiling, and you should be, you worked hard for this. But even now, after you reached your goal, you’re still not quite sure if you belong and can’t get one question out of your mind: “Am I good enough?”
‘There aren’t many kids here who look like you. Some arrived on campus in limousines. One of your classmates is a bona fide movie star, another is rumored to be a real-life princess. Meanwhile, you got dropped off by your father in the family sedan.
‘Years from now, you’ll learn that your parents had to take out new credit cards to pay your tuition. But Michelle, what you’ll come to realize one day is that you’re only seeing what you lack and not everything that your story has given you.
‘You grew up surrounded by soul and jazz and a deep, anchoring love. Your parents taught you to keep your word and treat people with respect.
‘They encouraged you to develop your own voice and use it. Those lessons are more valuable than anything material. They’ll come in handy in the future, in settings I won’t spoil for you right now.
‘Your father’s final lesson will come far too soon. He’ll teach you that life is fleeting. So laugh with him until your side hurts. Savor the grip of his hugs, the softness in his eyes. A day will come when those memories are all you’ll have. His absence will hit you like a rock. It’ll cause you to rethink everything about yourself and your future. But don’t worry, you won’t have to go through any of this alone.
‘You’ll open your heart to someone whose upbringing was nothing and everything like yours, all at the same time. He’s driven by a hopeful set of ideals. He’s grounded and kind and absolutely brilliant. And he’s pretty good looking, too. I thought you’d appreciate that.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Chris Spargo