Marguerite Annie Johnson or Maya Angelou was born on the 4th of April 1928 in St. Louis Missouri. She was a poet, memoirist, author, actress, dancer and civil rights activist. Maya’s work includes seven autobiographies, three books of essays, multiple poetry books, movies, plays and TV shows. Her autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was the first non-fiction bestseller by an African-American woman. She became the first black female streetcar conductor in California in the 1940s.
Maya Angelou is a renowned and respected spokesperson for black people and women as her books address issues like racism, identity, travel and more. She passed away on the 28th of May 2014 and continues to be an inspiration for many people from all walks of life. I have compiled a list of ten life lessons that we can learn from the wise Maya Angelou:
- “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – We mustn’t give up no matter what comes in the way of our goals and dreams. These tests in life often shape us into who we need to be and teaches us many important life lessons that we would not have learned otherwise.
- “All great achievements require time.” – It is so difficult to be patient and let the process unfold in the instant age that we live in. We must be willing to put the work in to achieve and surpass our goals.
- “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Everyone has their struggles that they have to overcome and the best thing we can do is offer support and positivity to others. Your positive act can affect others in a way that you cannot imagine. And by changing someone’s life or brightening their day, you will feel good as well.
- “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – You are in charge of creating the life that you want. Everything and every circumstance won’t always be the way we would like it in an ideal world, but we have the power to succeed in life regardless of this.
- “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Making changes in life can be difficult and painful, but when we make changes we learn, grow and develop. When we make internal changes this can change the way we see the world around us and how we interact with others.
- “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” – When we ask the Universe or God and truly believe that we are going to receive what we ask for then amazing things can happen in our lives. What you put in is what you get out so if you don’t ask, you aren’t going to get.
- “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” – You are special, you are worthy, you are amazing and you are enough! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
- “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.” – Always give others your best, especially when it’s difficult to. Make others feel good and you will feel good too!
- “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – You have the power to motivate yourself despite negativity and bad situations. Believe in your dreams and abilities. Don’t fear what could happen and actually make things happen!
- “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.” – Give back to your community and others. Share your talents, ideas and tips with them and you will always be blessed.
Rest in peace Maya Angelou. Your teachings and literature will be treasured for many years to come.
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