I have finally finished reading Barack Obama's 'Audacity of Hope', and I’m still in a state of incredulity as to how some of his personal stories are exact replicate of mine. Obviously, there is a huge disparity in the society where he was raised, age, career, and experiences in life compared to those of mine, but I can still relate to some of the difficulties that posed themselves as obstacles on his path towards greatness. The never-ending scuffle that goes on in my mind about the need to break the cycle and be a better person than my father was as I navigate through life like a voyageur. Barack Obama is indeed a great man and a role model who is worthy of emulation. Here is an excerpt from the book’s epilogue that resonated while I was finishing up the book:
"The audacity of hope. That was the best of the American spirit, I thought – having the audacity to believe despite all the evidence to the contrary that we could restore a sense of community to a nation torn by conflict; the gall to believe that despite personal setbacks, the loss of a job or an illness in the family or a childhood mired in poverty, we had some control – and therefore responsibility – over our own fate…"
I strongly recommend this book to anyone. Next book please :-)