The Loss of a Legend

Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today the world lost one of the most inspiring writers and teachers of our time. She taught and inspired many people, especially women throughout the world including myself.

She taught us that it’s not about money but becoming great at what we love.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

She taught women not to settle for second best or to be a man’s best friend but to be our own best friend.

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

She taught us all that it’s okay to be different, and in fact to strive to be different because different can be “amazing”.

“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

She showed us from personal experience that no matter how dark it is, there is always *ALWAYS* light at the end of the tunnel.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

She taught us the TRUE meaning of success –

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

She taught us that we MUST love ourselves in order to love others.

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

She told us that we should always lift others up, and in return we would lift ourselves.

“If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up–lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.” 

She told women to stand up for ones self…thus standing up for ALL women.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” 

She reminded us that even though life is tough, that’s no reason to just lay down and give up!

“Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass” 

And to always continue to go foward.

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” 

She will be missed, but her spirit will live on through her words. Her words will continue to inspire and teach generations to come. Rest In Peace, madam. You were a blessing to all of us, and you are already missed deeply.

“The honorary duty of a human being is to love.” – Maya Angelou 1928-2014

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