Why You Should Watch "BECOMING" on Netflix

I Love A Good Documentary

Honestly, I’m nosey like that. I have a passion for learning about other people and getting a glimpse inside their lives. That is what is so great about the internet, you read all types of stories LOL. I had a chance to watch Michelle Obama’s documentary on Netflix titled Becoming. Becoming is based off her new memoir chronicling the different phases in her life, from growing up in a tight family structure to the moments leaving the white house after an eight-year reign. One of the main points within the documentary that resonated with me was the scene where she gave an example of her husband Barack finding time to do things for himself, even though they both were new parents. She questioned him about how it was possible for him to go to the gym while he had children at home like she did. The answer she seemed to come up with was “find time for yourself.” If there is a message that I can relay to you, the over-worked mother and busy corporate woman, FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF.

 

Becoming follows Michelle Obama on tour to promote her book. She does press interviews, public speaking engagements, and visits inner city schools to talk to young girls about empowerment and following your dreams to success. According to a description of the book on Barnes and Noble’s website, “In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”

 

 

Michelle Obama Who

If you don’t know who Michelle Obama is, where have you been? Michelle Obama is the former First Lady of the United States and the wife of former President Barack Obama. They were in office for two consecutive terms equaling 8 years. During her tenure she put many policies into place for health, healthcare, education and youth and women empowerment programs. She is the first African American First Lady and earned a degree from Harvard Law School.

 

Why You Should Watch This Movie

I never looked deep into Mrs. Michelle Obama, never had a reason to. All I knew was she was the first African American in power in the White House. After watching this documentary, Becoming, I see her in a whole new light. I realized that she is just like us, human. She’s a mom, she’s a woman (a black woman), a wife, a daughter, a sister, career oriented and even though she eventually became the First Lady and wife of Barack Obama, she had struggles like everybody else. I wrote another post on 10 things that changed once I became a mom.

 

This movie brings you closer to who she is as a person not as the First Lady. She grew up in a tough neighborhood, the South Side of Chicago. She dealt with racism and discrimination, people telling her her aspirations were too big. She dealt with the struggle of juggling motherhood, wifehood, and career and she eventually had to choose. I am sure we have dealt with one of these issues at some point in our lives, I know I have. I still have a hard time balancing my children’s needs with my needs.

Ladies we need to hear how great we are, how strong we are, and how we are capable of accomplishing our goals. Everyone’s goals are different. What someone else has may not be a good fit for you. There are people who seem to have it all and portray happiness on the outside, but inside they are still lost or unfulfilled. You have to figure out your own passion, your path to your true destiny. I use to believe I didn’t have a passion, I didn’t have a destiny. I just was unsure of what it was. I was allowing outside people’s opinions to run me. Introspection is what saved me AND being honest with myself and what I really liked to do. We have to learn to stop trying to live up to everybody else’s expectations. It will only lead to disappointment and misery because you’re not being your authentic self. That is part of building confidence.

 

 

Leading Women Lead By Example

What I got from Michelle Obama’s documentary Becoming is that our “idols” are no greater than the rest of us. They have flaws, they have failures, they had to let things, people, or situations go. Mrs. Obama realized she had to balance motherhood with self-love. She realized somethings aren’t worth stressing over, it’ll be there when ready. Same for you. Sometimes we have to put things on pause in order to serve what is most important, love and family. A career will be there. A business will be there. Cars, clothes, and jewelry will be there. Family doesn’t last forever and neither do we. All this man-made stuff is not why God put you on this Earth. I can’t tell you why. It is up to you to find that out and that is part of the journey. God never said you had to have it all or have it figured out by such and such date, so give yourself grace.

 

“Some people are here for a reason and some people are here for a season”

 

Not everyone has the chance to live. Make it worth it.

 

As always,

Be You Confidently  

 

 

           

2 comments

  • thank you so much for this recommendation! I can’t wait to watch that movie as it seem really empowering

    Katherine
  • I had no clue the book had been made into a documentary. I’m saddened that I still haven’t made time yet to read the book, but your post has now motivated me to do both.

    Kimberlie

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