The former First Lady continues to inspire people all over the world.

Michelle Obama, 57, may have exited the White House years ago, but her influence is still very much present, as she commands respect and admiration from all she encounters. So beloved is she in fact, that there have been calls for her to make a presidential bid of her own.

As America’s First ever Black First Lady, the former lawyer’s legacy has made her a role model to girls globally, not just in the USA.

Michelle Obama: Her words of wisdom.

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

“You have to fill your bucket with positive energy. And if you have people hanging around you that are bringing you down and not lifting you up, whether that’s your ‘boo’ or your best friend – you have to learn how to push these people to the side.”

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you
do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once. But, don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious. And hope can take on a life of its own.”

“You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.”

“We need to do a better job putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

“No matter what, you give everybody a fair shake, and when somebody needs a hand, you offer yours.”

“I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-90-year old.”

On the menopause:

“Women, our bodies change drastically in comparison to men. We’re going through menopause. We’ve got a lot going on and I don’t think we’ve done enough to understand what aging means for women’s bodies. ‘What are we supposed to look like? How are we supposed to feel? We’re not talking about that enough.”

“What a woman’s body is taking her through is important information. It’s an important thing to take up space in a society, because half of us are going through this. But we’re living like it’s not happening.”

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