RIP Maya Angelou: Her Legacy Lives On

29 May

RIP Maya Angelou 1928-2014

With the passing of Maya Angelou, a powerful voice in literature, a beautiful person inside and out, and a woman who pushed for justice and inequality, I know the world lost a damn good woman. With the events that took place in Isla Vista, California, I think it’s a time to reflect on what Maya fought for and stood for. She too faced adversity and struggles, but she turned those struggles into powerful poetry and prose. She didn’t turn to violence or hurt anyone because some things just weren’t f*cking fair. That’s life.

For me, it’s a reminder that life is not owed to anyone, even those who live to live and live to help others. It’s a reminder to not take life for granted. Each day is an opportunity to improve ourselves, our work, our spirit, and help those around us. 

Perhaps my favorite quote by her, though there were so many:

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

– Excerpted from Letter to My Daughter, a book of essays (2009)

Maya Angelou was gifted, wise, and a true teacher. Her words affected and reached countless people, lending lessons and truth to mankind if only for a short while. Though she is gone, her words live on, carrying her spirit in the homes of many. 



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