Maya Angelou (1993)
Maya Angelou (1993)

Why caged birds sing: a tribute to Maya Angelou

On Wednesday, one of the women that inspires me the most left this world. 
 
Maya Angelou was a force. A perfect example of making the best with what you got and take everything and everyone just the way it comes.
She taught that life is never going to be perfect, but either way it should always be lived with a wide smile on the face and an easy heart.
 
She taught me that Love Liberates.
She taught me that Words are Things. And that we must be careful how we use them.

I’ve also learnt from her that is not a beautiful face and a shallow heart that it’s important: it’s a warm heart and the power to move on no matter what comes your way. That’s what  makes you beautiful.

My favourite quotes from this beautiful woman.I also invite you to watch at least one of this phenomenal videos.. In case you need inspiration. Or maybe some perspective.

Or maybe just a reminder to stay REAL:

“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 something 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.”

 

 “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

 

 

 “I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
“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.”
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

 

 “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

 

I’ve also started reading her first autobiography:’I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. I invite you do the same. It’s one book worth reading.

 

 

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Monica

Sunset-chasing since the '90s
Changing the mental health conversation
Avid reader and writer. This is my little space where I share with the world my feelings and experiences.

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