The Passing of a Great Woman


Maya Angelou

It is with much sadness that I write this post. The woman whose work helped me through some of the darkest times in my life has left this mortal coil. Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86 years old.

I can still recall the first time I read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. I was in love. How could someone I never met know my feelings, know my struggles? It was then that I devoured anything I could find written by Maya Angelou.

“Still I Rise” and “Phenomenal Woman” are two poems I revisit and re-read anytime I am doubting myself or having feelings of worthlessness. I credit Maya Angelou for inspiring me to write this blog, to learn how to embrace who I am and to love who I am.

I have this quote by Maya Angelou posted on my cork board at my desk. I look at it often and think deeply about its meaning to me.

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

I will continue to allow myself to live my life fully and without shame, not just for me but for the memory of Maya Angelou.