Portrait of Former First Lady Michelle Obama by Chilean artist Enrique Cornejo-Sanchez who was inspired to make this art after hearing Michelle Obama speak.
"Follow your dreams"
First of all I am Chilean and I live in Chile. Michelle Obama visited my country in 2011 and on that ocassion she went to a school situated in a very poor section of the capital city, where she made an inspirational speech.
Michelle Obama's speech was one to save and repeat, inspire and raise awareness. How I wish it were shown and discussed in schools, seen in the houses, discussed in the child-parent households. It was a discourse on belief in oneself and the tremendous influence parents have on the confidence and achievements of their children. She spoke of the ability of children to overcome obstacles and the ability of humans to reach their potential, their goals and dreams.
The belief that there are no limits in one's life has always been true in my heart, especially when we know God is with us if we do what He says.
Michelle Obama's speech lasted about 15 to 20 minutes and she made reference to Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral and Marcelo Salas, highlighting their perseverance and desire to follow their dreams. Obama said that "Pablo Neruda was not born knowing how to write beautiful poetry, Marcelo Salas was not born to be the best player in Chile" and that her husband "was not always the best student," but they all worked and worked, which led to be the best in their areas.
Obama called on young people to "follow your dreams" and make possible all the ideas that they have through hard work.
Thanks, Michelle, for giving us this gem and using your influence for good in the world.
Written by the Artist