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Written By Victoria B., – Official Contributor of The Crowned Series

“Am I good enough?” 4 words asked by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the beginning of her book, “Becoming” that ran often through my mind.

Last winter I decided to pick up a copy of “Becoming”. At that time, I had no idea how much I would relate to Mrs. Obama and her feelings towards the roller coaster we call life. Before reading her words, I thought she had always had her life together and knew exactly what she wanted (I thought everyone did). It wasn’t until further reading did I realize that she, like the rest of us, is figuring it out along the way. This sudden comprehension felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. 

From the age of 11, I knew exactly what I wanted to be. I made sure to tailor my high school electives, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work to gain experience in the field that I had chosen. I did this all throughout high school and the beginning part of college. It wasn’t until starting at my university did I feel that I had chosen the wrong major. I was constantly under an overwhelming amount of stress, got sick/ injured often, and wasn’t succeeding in the way I knew I could.  I felt as if I wasn’t realizing my full potential and I didn’t know why. I would often end up questioning my abilities even though I knew deep down that I had what it took. I distanced myself and seldom wore the smile that I am so well known for. I finally had enough of feeling low and decided to take matters into my own hands, listen to my body, and not go against the grain as it felt like I had been doing for so long.

 I took a step back and reevaluated what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to pursue my dreams. I did weeks of research on different career options in the related field of my precious choice. I chose one that I knew I could succeed with great potential for advancement. I listened to my intuition and decided to change everything. I started a new university job, switched both my major and my minor, and even redecorated my room. It felt like I had a new lease on life. I began achieving the grades I knew I deserved/worked so hard for, was awarded many different professional opportunities, and started to develop my sense of self. Of course, I have to give tremendous credit to my wonderful mother who not only supported my decisions but guided me in the right direction. Without her wisdom and counsel, I have no idea where I would be.]

What Mrs. Obama taught me was that life is a never-ending journey of lessons and growth. To get “to know the richness of [your] own mind” is something achieved after many experiences in which you learn a great deal of yourself.  I think it’s important for everyone, especially young people starting their voyage, to understand and respect the process that we must go through. It isn’t just a straight shot toward achieving your goals but rather a turbulent one filled with highs and lows. One must always trust your instinct and try their hardest.

 Victoria B., Official Contributor of The Crowned Series

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