Life Lessons From The Obamas

On Tuesday night, we watched President Obama's farewell speech and prepared for our goodbyes. Well, some of us did...Many of us are still clinging to the hem of his slacks. As the Obamas leave the White House, it marks the end of an era. An era full of reform, inspiration, and so much class. While inciting change, encouraging healthy lifestyles, maintaining a loving marriage, raising children, and ya know...running the country, the Obamas taught us a lot about life. 

White House photo/Pete Souza

White House photo/Pete Souza

6 Life Lessons From The Obamas  

1.  SELF CARE: This is often forgotten, but it's incredibly necessary.  

"Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list."

Michelle Obama 

2. CHANGE: Change isn't easy to create, but it's vital that we take responsibility and push for it. 

 “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Barack Obama

White House photo/Pete Souza

White House photo/Pete Souza

3. MARRIAGE: It's a challenge, but if the love is there, it's worth it.  

"Don't expect it to be easy, melding two lives and trying to raise others, and doing it forever. I mean that's a recipe made for disaster, so there are highs and lows. But if in the end you can look him in the eye and say, 'I like you.' I stopped believing at love in first sight. I think you go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more."

Michelle Obama

4.  FOOD: Waffles are awesome. We should enjoy them in peace. 

"Why can't I just eat my waffle?"

Barack Obama 

White House photo/Pete Souza

White House photo/Pete Souza

5. HATERS: Ignore them and do you. 

"I have a whole portfolio of stuff that defines me because it’s what I did, not what you called me. The best revenge is success and good work. You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you, you can be and that tends to shut em up."

Michelle Obama

6. LIFE: Is it hard? Yes. Keep going anyway.

"I know that there is great suffering and tragedy in the world, but ultimately, it's worth it to live."

Barack Obama


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