Dr. Maya Angelou was one of those rare individuals that almost everytime you heard her speak, you could sit pondering over what she had said long after she’d said it, the kind of person that speaks so eloquently with words of such worldly wisdom. Dr. Maya Angelou was a hugely loved American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies and television shows spanning over 50 years. Today would’ve been Maya’s birthday so to celebrate here are 10 Life Lessons from the incredible Dr. Maya Agelou..
‘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’
“Nothing will work unless you do”
‘Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope’
Thrive:‘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’
‘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’
‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude’
‘Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest’
‘If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be’
‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away’
As an activist Maya Angelou was one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most prominent women, working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Maya devoted her life to being a voice for women and black people and perhaps most of all working tirelessly towards a loving, open-hearted vision of humanity where everybody could find their place. On May 28, 2014, the great Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86, leaving a legacy that will touch the hearts of many for decades to come.
As ever, stay fabulous!