An evening with Michelle

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An evening with Michelle

First Lady Michelle Obama swept into Beantown Saturday as part of the national book tour promoting her memoir “Becoming” that was held at the TD Garden. The evening before the event, my spouse and I were gifted front row seats.

OMG! the event was simply magical. And, the audience was wildly excited.

Michelle Norris, a former NPR host, interviewed Michelle Obama. The two Michelles had a fabulous time lollygagging and laughing, making us all privy to their intimate conversation.

Michelle conveyed a universal message of hope. However, her message of self- empowerment to women- young and old- spoke a truth across generations, centering it as the theme for the evening. Walking into T.D. Garden mothers had daughters in tow and both carrying “Becoming.”

Michelle Obama’s concept of “swerve” is connected to one of the many messages in her book. The idea grabbed my attention, not only in the delightfully relatable and meaningful way she conveyed the concept, but it also caught my attention in ways she shared examples from her life.

“Swerve,” is about embracing flexibility. “Swerve” is the ability not to be tethered to a perceived and rigid trajectory of your life, but rather it is about being open to life’s journey, and at times merely living in the question about what to do in your life. (And, do I know about the latter!)

“You're not supposed to know at 20” what you’ll be for the rest of your life Michelle told the audience. Michelle stated that we'll have many lives and chapters in our lifetime because we’re always discovering, evolving, and journeying into “becoming.”

For example, Michelle shared with the audience that in her late teens and 20s she had mapped out a straight and perceived unerring path for her life- college, law school, job….. -to achieve happiness and success. She disclosed, however, to the audience she abhorred being a lawyer albeit it was one of the many checkboxes on her achievement list, all the while quite miserable.

Her candidness on the topic has inspired others.

"Being that Mrs. Obama’s path was not straight, it’s just been inspiring to know that my path may not be straight either but I will be successful, “Alana Underwood, a senior at Berkley School of Music told the Boston Globe. Underwood was one of the twenty young sisters chosen as part of the Black Girls Rock program to visit with the First Lady.

The book as in her promotional tour takes