“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” -Michelle Obama, Becoming
I am loving Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming” on growing up in the South Side of Chicago, her life with Barack Obama, and life as the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America.
This quote is from early on in the book. I love it because it points out a flaw in many people’s thinking. That a career choice defines a life. That what you “do” is who you “become.” What she proves time and time again is that your career is not fixed, nor does it define who you are. It helps me think about my own life and career as things change, life “swerves” and to keep my eyes open to what might be next.
“Becoming” is an important book for all Americans and it rises to all the hype.