Words of wisdom from Maya Angelou

  1. In April, Oprah interviewed Maya Angelou on her 70+ birthday. Maya really is a marvel who has led quite an interesting and exciting life. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring everyday...like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried.

    She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words.
    Because of that, I share this....

    By Maya Angelou

    When I was in my younger days,
    I weighed a few pounds less,
    I needn't hold my tummy in
    To wear a belted dress.
    But now that I am older,
    I've set my body free;
    There's the comfort of elastic
    Where once my waist would be.
    Inventor of those high-heeled shoes
    My feet have not forgiven;
    I have to wear a nine now,
    But used to wear a seven.
    And how about those pantyhose-They're sized by weight, you see,
    So how come when I put them on
    The crotch is at my knee?
    I need to wear these glasses
    As the print's been getting smaller;
    And it wasn't very long ago
    I know that I was taller.
    Though my hair has turned to gray
    and my skin no longer fits,
    On the inside, I'm the same old me,
    It's the outside's changed a bit.
    But, on a positive note...

    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.
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    Lovely thank you
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Beautiful quote.
  5. by   suzannasue
    Wonderfully spoken by Ms. Angelou...thanks for sharing !!!
  6. by   Little One2
    That was really nice, beautiful. Thank you for sharing that.
  7. by   jnette
    wow.... how neat. That really made my day. Thanx.
  8. by   cactus wren
    Maya Angelou is truly one of the angels who reside on earth....

    Thanks for the quote
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    as always, i have enjoyed reading something from maya, thanks.
  10. by   psychonurse
    I learned the same thing many years ago but that still helps to reaffirm it.....while I sit here with my reading glasses on after I just went and had a wax job and my hair colored to cover all the gray but I love my life and I can't wait for each day to show up....but those were great words from Maya....
  11. by   aimeee
    She is an amazing woman!
  12. by   Chiaramonte
    Thanks for sharing that. Maya is one of my favorite humanists.
    When my own Mom was "aging" and finally in the last days of her life she would always tell me that she still felt like her younger self running and playing in the fields. She was 60 when she died. I never really understood what she meant until now...
  13. by   nakitamoon
    ,,,, Wonderful,,,,, beautiful,,,, Thanks for sharing,,,, Nik~
  14. by   Mkue
    Beautiful, thanks for sharing !