Day 947 of wishing Michelle Obama was our best friend. Or therapist. The former First Lady recently shared some relationship advice that totally reaffirms her status as one of the most relatable humans ever (and someone we really want to have a drink with). This past weekend, Obama appeared at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, LA. When the conversation turned to marriage, she offered up a nugget of wisdom that surely guarantees a successful relationship — as if we expected any less.
Between two kids and eight years in the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama’s marriage has seen its fair share of challenges, as she admits in her book, Becoming. When chatting with CBS anchor Gayle King during the festival, the best-selling author discussed how the couple has continued to thrive for over 26 years. “Marriage is a choice you make every day,” she said to the audience. “You don’t do it because it’s easy. You do it because you believe in it. You believe in the other person.”
Obama then went on to say that equality is of utmost importance in a marriage. “And ladies and gentleman, that’s why it’s so important to marry somebody that you respect,” she urged. “It’s important to marry somebody who is your equal, and to marry and be with somebody who wants you to win as much as you want them to win.” Preach.