How many of you have some really great girlfriends in your life? I know personally having girl time or someone other than your man or male friends to just keep you grounded is essential! The reason I bring this up is because recently Michelle Obama dished on the importance of having women in your life that you can count on for sanity. She even suggested that Barack Obama from her own observation needed more friends in his life for the same purpose.
She was speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on Wednesday with her close friend poet Elizabeth Alexander, and while this conversation touched on a variety of topics I liked what she said about having women you can count on around you. This is what she said:
“I love my husband, and he is my rock, but my girlfriends are my sanity,” “And when you live eight years in the White House, where you can’t even open a window, you can’t walk out on your balcony without notifying three people so that they can shut down security, your walk outside is a walk around the same loop on the South Lawn over and over and over again because the thought of you leaving those gates requires 50 people’s attention and work and inconvenience … when you live like that for eight years, you need your girlfriends.”
Joking that these days, “I still don’t move until some 30-year-old tells me, ‘Ma’am, you can leave now,’ ” Obama said that time with her friends “kept me whole” — and that men could benefit from doing the same.
“I think women, we do it better than men,” she said. “Y’all should get you some friends! Get you some friends and talk to each other ’cause that’s the other thing we do, we straighten each other out on some things, our girlfriends.
“I just wish sometimes Barack, it’s like, ‘Who are you talking to?’ And it can’t just be Marty [Nesbitt, a Chicago businessman and close friend]. I see a lot of men laughing, but y’all need to go talk to each other about your stuff, because there’s so much of it, it’s so messy! Just talk about why you all are the way you are.”
I couldn’t agree with Mrs. Obama more! Comment below and let me know if your girls keep you sane and who they are!