Book Review : Becoming – Michelle Obama

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For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as a forwards motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self.

– Michelle Obama

I’m sure by now, there’s not a single person who doesn’t know about Michelle Obama. The former First Lady of the United States, who played a big role in advocating public health and education. Making her an important role model to many people around the world.

So it’s not a surprise when her autobiography was released last year, people were so eager to buy it. And I was lucky enough to be able to buy it a few months ago. But because of my packed schedule this past week, I’ve just finished reading it two days ago and thought that I would like to share what I think of this book.

Just like everyone said, this book is about Michelle Obama’s life journey in becoming who she is right now. What I love is that the story is wrapped up with this storytelling-like language. So rather than feeling like reading a mere biography of a successful person, reading this book gives a vibe of a wise mentor, talking about life and sharing what she has learned from it.

Becoming is truly a raw memoir of Michelle Obama. The book itself is neatly divided into three sections. The first section– Becoming Me, tells the story of Obama’s childhood, living at the South Side of Chicago, in a small apartment with her parents and Craig– her brother and how wholesome her life was at that moment. Obama describes her parents’ routine to talk to her and Craig as if they were adults. Respecting every question they asked and expand it into an hour long discussion. Then growing up to teenage years, when their parents gave them the privilege to choose their own decision and be responsible with it.

Every move she made, I realize now, was buttressed by the quiet confidence that shed raised us to be adults. Our decisions were on us. It was our life, not hers, and always would be.

(page 47)

The second section– Becoming Us, tells the reader about the start of Obama’s career at a law firm, how she met Barack Obama and the way their relationship developed from there. For me, this is the most emotional part of the book. Since it portrays the most heartbreaking memories, as well as the most beautiful and simple memories of her. She tells about her college best friend, who fought from the aggressive cancer in her body. Then there’s her dad, who struggle from Multiple Sclerosis for years. But then there are also the happier things like Craig’s marriage, which soon followed by hers.

And the last section– Becoming More, is about Obama’s political life and what she learned from being a First Lady. She learned overtime that she resist to become the stereotypical First Lady, which she described as the ‘immaculately groomed doll-wife with paint-on smile, gazing bright-eyed at her husband, as if hanging  on every word’ (page 231). Instead, she uses her role as a First Lady to make movements and campaigns in the USA, and use her voice to speak the unspoken.

I was determined to be someone who told the truth, using my voice to lift up the voiceless when I could, and not disappear on people in need.

(page 382)

One thing that I can also point out from Becoming is the way Obama always take time to give credit towards all of the women that has helped her throughout her childhood, college life, career, and much more. She always emphasize how every person and every little experiences are matter to make her become who she is right now. And this is the message she always repeat in her First Lady speech, and many conversations she had. That everyone belong somewhere and what they say, what they do, how they act always matter to somebody.

Furthermore, I really recommend the book ‘Becoming’ for those of you who want to know more about the struggle as well as the ups and downs of Michelle Obama’s life. And rather indulging us with thinking of who do we really want to become?

SMA Selamat Pagi Indonesia | A Journey Beyond the Past

In today’s era, a totally free education is something we rarely see in our surroundings. And our society nowadays still have the mindset that the more expensive a school is, the higher the quality would be. But since today, SMA Selamat Pagi Indonesia has proved me wrong.

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World Scholar’s Cup | Manila Not So Mini Global Round 2019 (2)

We have gone through the days of the World Scholar’s Cup Manila Not So Mini Global Round in my previous post. So the experience would not be complete if I don’t talk about the last day of WSC, when we had the Talent Show and most importantly, the Award Ceremony.

In the Talent Show, I performed a piano cover of BTS’ song which is Mikrokosmos. As you may know, before I went to Manila, I already created this cover and upload it on my youtube channel a while ago. So for preparation, I only practiced it more to lessen the chance of mistake.

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World Scholar’s Cup | Manila Not So Mini Global Round 2019 (1)

After a long wait since the Regional Round of WSC I had in May, I was finally given the opportunity to join one of the Global Round in Manila from 6 – 11 September. Same as the Regional Round before, it feels amazing to be there. To be in the same program with these people from all around the world that have the same enthusiasm in learning and celebrating it. Therefore, I will try as I hard as I could to capture those moments and feelings in this post.

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The 2 teams from Sekolah Cikal Surabaya

Just like what I stated, of how this Global Round brought together a bunch of people from around the world, that is exactly what happened during the first day. As a part of the opening, all of the scholars did Scavenger Hunt around the area of the venue which was actually a mall. Around 800 scholars were divided into 40 teams in this activity, making up 18-20 scholars in each team. 

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Short Self-Love Messages That You Might Need

Hi there.

Whether you are my future self who is currently scrolling through your old posts and crossed upon this writing, or maybe you are just a random person who stumbled across this notes; welcome to a post full of reflections of mine about self-love .

In my opinion, insecurities and low self-esteem is something that every has been going through. Our society has gradually set up this standard of how a person should look like, how a student should have certain grades to be accepted by everyone, and how certain values should change because “it’s not the majorities”. Standards that has gone far too toxic for everyone. 

Teenagers and young adults are doing things like self-harm, extremely unhealthy ‘diet’, or just basically anxious that their opinion won’t be accepted by the public because of it. Number of people committing suicide are increasing every year, but we still need more people who truly cares about those issues.

Therefore, I think it’s a great time for me to write some messages of the things I’ve learned these past years about loving and understanding myself. I hope that these notes can be a reminder for everyone who’s currently going through the crazy roller coaster of life. So just sit back, relax, and let the words speaks to you on a personal level.

#1
If you have the personality of a ‘people-pleaser’, or maybe your schedule is so hectic until you barely care about yourself. Take a break. Believe me, it’s not wrong to please yourself when things every once in a while as a reward. Snuggle up in your comfy blanket. Entertain yourself with a good book, maybe even a movie or TV show that you always want to watch. Listen to the songs you missed out on. And understand that your mind, body, and soul might need some love as well.

#2
Living in a city could means that you live in the center of attraction. Many high-quality facilities are available at the tip of your hand. But it also means the nonstop hustle of its people who seem to be chasing time. And I’m sure that everyone should take a break from this busy life. Go somewhere a little quieter. I recommend you places like a small park or somewhere you can connect with nature. Admire how the sky looks, how the stars shine and could seem so magical. Breath in the fresh air, and start to appreciate every little things in life that you might not notice before.

#3
If your mind seems to be lost all the time, keep calm and try to write a journal, where you can express all of your feelings and thoughts that you don’t want to share with other people. By writing a journal and reading it occasionally, it could really make you understand and know yourself more than before. You will understand the patterns of your behaviour and how it changes from time to time. Therefore, I think it is a great way to get back on track and to know what you actually want in life.

#4
Surround yourself with positive friends and don’t be scared to shut out the ones who brings negativity to your life. Because when you’re at your worst condition and you can not love yourself, your friends are the one who is going to affect you personally. So be in a friendship where everyone understand and will always be there for each other.

#5
Haters are gonna hate, and you need to keep improving. Be sure and think about what you desire in life. Then strive to achieve those things that you want, not the things that other people want.

Finally, to end this messages compilation, I’ll remind you once more to keep loving yourself and accept both your weaknesses and strengths. I hope you find it somewhat helpful, and see you in my next post!

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Unraveling Princess Jasmine’s Character and Its Correlation with Women Empowerment | from the 2019 Live-Action Aladdin

Time has passed, and a character has revised. This is what happened to the character Princess Jasmine in the new live-action version of the movie ‘Aladdin’. In the original movies, we know her as a princess who dislike to be isolated from the other world. Although she and her father argued quite a lot about it, it is undeniable that she care so much about him. But sadly, we didn’t get to see the full potential of this character in that movie.

That’s why when I watched the newest version of Aladdin, I was amused by the character development in Princess Jasmine. She was portrayed as a young independent princess, who are not afraid to speak up whenever something is not right in her opinion. She is full of knowledge and dreams of the future Agrabah, until she always wanted to be the next Sultan. All of her immense bravery, independence, and other values made me think that the character and movie could promote women empowerment. Therefore I believe all of us can learn something from her.

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