Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
I have been trying to write this post since this treasure left us but I haven’t been able to. I decided that today is the day. I was not prepared for how affected I would be by her passing. I have been so emotional. She and her words shaped so much of my life; my self-esteem and just what it means to be a strong, black woman. The first piece I ever read by her was And Still I Rise; an amazing piece.
There are several quotes of hers that are a part of my every day life as I navigate through this thing called life.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
“You may not control all the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“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.”
Today, I am thankful for Maya Angelou and the wonderfully positive influence of she had on my life…and the world. She was a blessing.