The Key Steps To Ageing Gracefully
Maya Angelou is one of my favorite authors, to whom I have read all seven of her autobiographical books. She was such an inspirational woman, who always saw the positive in everything, although the odds were stacked against her.
Maya was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights, activist.
She was best known for her seven autobiographical books: Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 2013); Letter to My Daughter (Random House, 2008); All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (Random House, 1986); The Heart of a Woman (Random House, 1981); Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (Random House, 1976); Gather Together in My Name (Random House, 1974); and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House, 1969), which was nominated for the National Book Award. Read here.
Oprah interviewed Maya Angelou on her 70+ birthday. A beautiful and light-hearted interview about aging gracefully. One I have read many times over the years, especially as my own body has changed, inside and out.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day, like her breasts.
They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. Maya Angelou is such a straightforward and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
Maya Angelou said,
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."
"I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life."
"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."
"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back."
"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."
"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."
All I can say is thank you, Maya, for all the lessons you have left millions of people. I hope next time you are feeling down about yourself, you think of this brilliant woman. By her self love and being able to lighten up, like Oprah, she was able to extend the love to many, changing lives.
We hope our blog gives you a touch inspiration and changes your life, one little sprinkle of magic that you can add to your sparkle bag each day.
Keep living each day with style, internally and externally, and watch how your life becomes magical.
Here is a moving video from Oprah Winfrey, speaking at Maya Angelou's memorial service and how Maya helped Oprah become thankful, rather than living with fear.
"There are rainbows in the clouds"...