I was so moved when I watched the video clip of America's First Lady, Michelle Obama's DNC speech. If you have not watched it yet, here it is.
She is such a charismatic speaker and exudes such confidence and deep admiration and unwavering support for her husband. Most of all, I was moved because as a mum myself, I developed such a respect for her. Even as she's living the extraordinary life of the First Lady of The United States, she still sees herself primarily as a mum. It is too easy to fall prey to materialistic desires especially when everything seems to be within your reach. To constantly stay grounded and true to your fundamental beliefs, it takes great strength and tenacity, and a conviction that doesn't sway along with circumstances.
Michelle Obama's speech was a good reminder to me that while I may be pursuing my career as a working woman, or going after big dreams that I have, at the end of the day, I am still a mum. And that ought to be one of my main priorities in life. A priority means that everything else must make way for it, and all things in life must be arranged to accommodate that priority. Of course, there are many other important things in life as well, but when things don't work out the way we hope they will, it is the priorities that will determine our next steps and shift our focus back to the most important things to us.
The truth is, I am not just a mum, I am also a wife, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a sister, a sister-in-law, a mentor, a colleague, a friend... I have so many roles to take on everyday, and like everyone else, I try my best. While I cannot choose whether I want to be a daughter to my dad or a sister to my brother, I did make a conscious decision to become a mum. And that choice is one I intend to stick to with a happy heart, no matter how tough it can be. Through this journey, I hope to become the strong woman I want to be.