Well, I did it. I officially finished Michelle Obama’s Becoming journal today. Over 154 prompts in quarantine, I actually finished off something I told myself I would do with enough follow through and daily consistency.
The last prompt was:
What does the idea of “becoming” mean to you?
Becoming means continually striving for growth, despite obstacles bringing you down. In life, there will always be the non-believers and the nay-sayers wanting to rip you apart. The idea of becoming is to rise above that and look them square in the eye, and say, “Watch me prove you wrong.”
Becoming means being your true, authentic self — even if it’s scary to show the world the real you. Becoming is part of the development process of reaching to a higher level than everyone else and thinking, “It doesn’t matter what you think of me, I love who I am and that is enough. Period.”
Becoming means loving the people around you entirely and unconditionally. We all have our differences in life and in our family circles. But at the end of the day, at the end of your life, the people you surround yourself with are the ones who matter the most. Not the knickknacks you collected over the years. Everything else is secondary, but the memories we make with our loved ones will live on.
In its truest form, the idea of becoming means trusting the process. Yes, I will cowardly admit it is a scary process to just let go and trust that someone else has a bigger plan for you. I think about this every day during this pandemic. Letting go of that fear of uncertainty clouding our judgments nowadays is harder said than done, said the control freak. But that is becoming — our path to success is not suppose to be linear.