After successfully parking in a very ideal parking spot earlier this morning, I maneuvered the stick(thing) into the gear of P and proceeded to turn off the engine. Early to my yoga class, as I usually am, I pulled out my tablet and, as habit would have it, opened up my Instagram app — scrolling briefly through my timeline, before posting a post of my own. I then, momentarily took another peek at prior photos, and paused:
Reading this, I felt my heart dropped heavy into the pit of my chest as I sat there, distraught, continuing to scroll through other post, only to see similar ones which confirmed the news.
Was the very first Maya Angelou quote I’d ever read at the age of 12.
The quote, then, was in the form of a magnet on the desk of one of my mother’s co-workers.
Since then, as I revisit this quote here and there, it’s internally reinstalls itself, and brings a gentle awareness to my day.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was the first publication I read from Dr. Angelou, and was one of the first books my father gave to me at the beginning of my teenage years.
It is a book I feel I did not, at the time, truly appreciate, and is something I must read again with new eyes and a more open heart and mind.
Maya Angelou was more than just an author and poet to me. And as I began to mature as a woman, even now, she continues, through here ever-present and powerful words which move mountains, to inspire me as a woman.
A woman of color.
A woman writer.
A woman who is learning to love, honor and cherish her being.
I am sadden that I was not able to meet her whilst she resided here on earth, but I am thankful that her legacy echoes, and shall continue to sing brilliantly for generations to come.
With every ounce of woman, writer and being that I am, I salute you and pray that your journey heaven-bound warms your spirit, beautifully, honorably and welcomingly. Maya Angelou shared her light with the world and in doing so made it a far better place.