Early this month on Women’s Day I shared a quote from Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Here it is.
What a fantastic read this book is proving to be, full of immense wisdom yet in no way preachy and so very relatable. Today I share another one from the same book. Take a read.
“This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path—the my-isn’t-that-impressive path—and keep you there for a long time. Maybe it stops you from swerving, from ever even considering a swerve, because what you risk losing in terms of other people’s high regard can feel too costly.”
Michelle Obama points out a trap a lot of young children fall into, specially girls. They strive to be ‘good girls’, to do what they think is expected of them, to stick to paths that are ‘considered’ impressive, without once looking inward. This is counter-productive on so many levels. They end up their shortchanging themselves, not using their inherent strengths and talents and disregarding their interests, condemning themselves to lives that are in no way fulfilling, simpy to win the approval of others.
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