“‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ ~ Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.”

Hi everyone!! Happy Monday!  Sorry about the delay with this post – I had it written the day I heard that Maya passed away, but did not get a chance to share it with you.  I hope it is still useful, as Maya’s writings and timeless wisdom will continue to ​us for many, many years.​

I know that I have definitely been touched by the writings and wisdom of Maya Angelou.  I certainly remember the first time I read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

I was sad to hear that Maya Angelou passed away last week at the age of 86.  But I am also very grateful to her for sharing her experiences in her distinctively poetic and honest voice.  There are certain issues, like sexual abuse and racism, that we don’t like to talk about.  It takes a brave person to share her own experiences with us all.

I was really touched by the outpouring of love and appreciation of her work and wisdom by the community at large.

A statement from Wake Forest University, where Angelou had been professor of American studies since 1982, said: “Dr Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world.”

Similarly, JK Rowling honored Maya with one of Maya’s own sayings, one that I actually have up on my wall already: “‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.”

I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings, such a great novel - image via
I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings, such a great novel – image via

Former President Bill Clinton, who invited Angelou to read at his 1993 inauguration, said America had lost a national treasure and he and wife Hillary had lost “a beloved friend.”  “The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace,” he said.

I know that I have certainly been inspired, and often uplifted, by Maya’s words.  Growing up, when all I wanted was to fit in and pass under the radar, reading Maya’s words made me realize that it was ok to be yourself and that growing pains are something everyone great experiences when they’re trying to figure out their place in the world.  I know that I can say

that I owe Maya a big thank you for teaching me that reaching for the stars is a good thing, not something to be ashamed of when you’re surrounded by closed-minded people or sheep mentality.

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How has Maya Angelou touched your life?  Have any other authors with a positive message touched you? 

Please comment, share your thoughts and let me know what you think. Please help me keep this a positive forum, though. I am so excited for some debate, but let’s respect each other please. I reserve the right to monitor and delete inappropriate posts. Thanks in advance!

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