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Maya Angelou gives me even greater hope!

Maya_AngelouI just finished watching Dr. Maya Angelou on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in the Master Class series. Oh what a joy it was to watch this 82 year old woman speak. She said that her 50s and 60s were great, her 70s - even better...that she loved that era, but her 80s...she's having such a good time! She gave me the chills! Most people are so afraid of becoming older and this great woman makes it look so much like something to look forward to!

You know what? I'm with her. That's my reason for starting this blog in the first place. As Dr. Angelou got older, she became even wiser through her various life experiences, and has certainly mellowed with age. She even looks more fabulous as she ages. Such grace and eloquence. All this time, I had not read any of her books. Can you believe that? Oh -- that is going to change now. This is my first real look at this woman. What greatness! What a wonderful role model she is. Amazingly as she spoke, I detected not even one ounce of anger in her despite being raped at age 7 by her mother's boyfriend, not being wanted by either parent upon their separation, being called all sorts of names, the brutality of racial discrimination – these among the many trials and tribulations she experienced in her life. She came out completely unscathed despite all that! What an icon!

She is making me look even more eagerly towards my 60s, 70s, 80s and even further (longevity happens to run in my family) with great anxiety. Uplifting and inspiring is what Dr. Maya Angelou is.  A global renaissance woman indeed!!