What would you tell your younger self? Just ask Michelle Obama

2015-03-20 12:37

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The #DearMe social media campaign got a huge injection of momentum yesterday, when United States First Lady Michelle Obama released a video to her younger self.

The campaign was launched by YouTube in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8 and encourages people to send a message to themselves, in the hopes that it will inspire other young people.

Obama focused on not worrying about what others think.

“I’m 50 years old now, and nothing anyone said to me when I was young ... that was negative ... matters. It doesn’t matter,” she said in her #DearMe message.

“Be brave. Use your voice. Ignore the doubters.”

Obama, who is currently on a five-day trip to Japan and Cambodia focusing on the importance of girls’ education, also urged her younger self to work hard and not worry about getting things wrong.

The #DearMe campaign has attracted many successful women who have given vital advice to their younger selves, hopefully inspiring other teenagers who are struggling with the same issues.

Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City, came on board. So did American writer and actress Issa Rae, Indian chef Asha Khatau, and Shammi Gupta, the founder of a yoga school in Mumbai.

The campaign is yet to take off in South Africa.


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