Michelle Obama Pens a Heartfelt Post About the Past Decade

Former First Lady Michelle Obama may have left the White House in 2016, but she is still influential. In a recent Gallup poll, Obama was named the “most admired woman” in the world.

At the turn of the new decade, Obama posted a reflection of the 2010s on Instagram. The Instagram post received over 600,000 likes, showing the influence Obama still has.

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Michelle Obama reminisced about the beginning of the 2010s

Obama started the post by remembering the start of the 2010s. She referenced that her daughters were still young children and that her family’s dog was still a puppy.

“Thinking back over the past decade is a bit of a whirlwind. It’s not easy to take stock of all the ups and downs that go into a single week, let alone more than 500 of them. Ten years ago at this time, our girls were sixth and third graders. Our family hadn’t been in the White House for even a year yet, and Bo was still pretty much a puppy. And though I felt that our family had adjusted well into a wild new reality, I was still a little uncertain about what all the spotlights and pressure would do to us,” she wrote on Instagram.

The former First Lady feels gratitude for the decade

In the second paragraph of the lengthy post, Obama told her Instagram followers that she feels a lot of gratitude for the previous decade.

“So looking back, what I’m most filled with is gratitude. A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years,” she wrote.

She continued, “I’ve been so lucky to meet so many of you, to hear your stories, and to work together with you on issues that are near and dear to all of our hearts. We’ve got a lot to be proud of. But as I often say, we should be careful not to focus only on our statistics—our biggest accomplishments and best moments—you know, the kinds of things most of us share on social media.”

Obama also encouraged people to not focus solely on their accomplishments or “statistics.” Instead, she told people to focus on the memories they made in the process.

“Those are important, but we should also be sure to relish the fullness of our stories. That includes the tough moments we persevered through, the messiness that spurred us to make a swerve, and the memories that are still a little bit tender. Though they’re difficult, those moments can be some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. What we often see as a weakness or a failure is often a strength—or a turning point to something better,” Obama wrote.

Michelle Obama’s life has changed a lot in the past decade

At the end of the Instagram post, Obama wrote about how thankful she is for the 2010s, both the bad experiences and the good.

“So today, I’m thankful for all of those moments over the past decade that helped me get to where I am. I’m thankful for the worries and the anxieties, the failures and false starts. And most of all, I’m thankful that after all of it, we came out whole,” Obama wrote.

She concluded her Instagram post with telling her followers how much her family’s life has changed since they left the White House.

“Now on the other side of this decade, Bo’s got a trusty sidekick named Sunny. We’ve settled into new routines after two terms in the White House. And although the girls are gone away at college now, we’re all back together for the holidays—right where we belong. #DecadeInReview,” she said.