High school sucks for everyone, and First Lady Michelle Obama, wonderful as she may seem as an adult, was also a self-doubting tween like the rest of us — though she probably still got the “Best Arms” superlative nod.
FLOTUS admitted that if she could share some advice with her younger self, it’d be, “Who cares?” From People magazine:
If I could give my younger self just one piece of advice, it would be this: Stop being so afraid! That’s really what strikes me when I look back – the sheer amount of time I spent tangled up in fears and doubts that were entirely of my own creation. I was afraid of not knowing the answer in class and looking stupid, or worried about what some boy thought of me, or wondering whether the other girls liked my clothes or my hair, or angsting about some offhand comment someone made to me in the lunchroom.
I would love to go back in time and tell my younger self, “Michelle, these middle and high school years are just a tiny blip in your life, and all the slights and embarrassments and heartaches, all those times you got that one question wrong on that test – none of that is important in the scheme of things.”
Principal Michelle has spoken.