Ill start by saying that this is my 100th post and I am using it to honour a woman who touched my life. Maya Angelou was more than a woman that I read about on the pages of a book or watched on a screen. She was like a second mother in my head. I imagined myself sitting by her feet and listen to her speak. I imagined myself talking to her about life, boys, God and everything else in between.
I had heard about her time and time again but I had never really known so much about her. However, one day, I was thinking of the books I would use for my English A level coursework. We were to choose three and I had already chosen: Wuthering Heights, Little Women and Purple Hibiscus. Deadline was fast approaching and I had only read Purple Hibiscus. Wuthering Heights and Little Women were just confusing me and I needed something that would keep me interested.
So I started to think of some other books and then my friend suggested: The Help and I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou. I had watched The Help already so I knew what it was about but I had not read this book by Maya. My friend gave me a little summary on what the book was about and she said I would love it. I decided to get it.
I read the book and I was so into it. I got to know this woman and understand her. From the way she wrote, I could feel her wisdom. I never had the time to read the remaining autobiographies but I read some of her poems like: Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise. I am not such a big fan of poetry but this woman made me see poetry in a different light. My God, she was such a wise woman. She was like the ‘Solomon of our time’ and she proved that you can go through the hardest life and still come out strong.
I wish I had met her and I wish I had known about her longer than I did. I am so honored to have shared this earth with this wonderful woman. I am so glad that she was alive when I was born. I am so thankful to God for producing such beauty and such wisdom. I am filled with tears because I can’t believe that such wisdom has departed this world. I am sure that she is dining with the angels because that is where she belongs. I’m sure God and her will have so much to talk about.
Rest in Peace, Paradise and Power My Hero. Thank God for the life you have lived. God bless you!
Here are some of her famous quotes:
. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
. I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
. The love of the family, the love of the person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.
. Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
. Nothing will work unless you do.
. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Source of quotes: Guardian