Maya Angelou lived her life fully she was the first black female streetcar conductor, she was a dancer, sex worker, singer, writer, poet and civil rights activists. For me? For me she is one of my greatest inspirations and reading her books makes me feel like everything is possible.
What I admire the most is Maya Angelou’s security and sincerity on openly saying and owning every decision and experience she had in her life. When we think about the era she was living I can only hardly imagine how tough it must have been to be an African American woman wanting to live life to the fullest.
In this Book “Mom, Me and Mom” she writes about her relationship with her mother Vivian Baxter which she describes right at the beginning of the book by saying that she was an awful mother to small children but the best mother to adult children.
Maya Angelou was abused at the age of 7 but never victimises herself, she was abandoned by her mother in tender age but again never victimises herself. She was bitten and suffered all kinds of awful treatments that never ever should a person go through and again she didn’t victimise herself. She became a mother at a very young age and that didn’t stop her from chasing her dreams.
It’s absolutely fantastic how Vivian Baxter loved her daughter so deeply that was incapable of judging her even in the worst moments when Maya didn’t really follow her mother’s lesson and points of views, her mother was there for her with her heart in her hands ready to uplift her not judging or imposing her thoughts. Also, Maya didn’t judge her mother at all.
What I personally will keep safe in my heart after reading this book is that life is simple! Problem? no way, just solution! A dream that seems impossible? No, nothing is impossible.
Love, simply pure love that’s what you get when you read this book! Some parts will be very tough, you will struggle a little to understand some decisions made but then you’ll realise that maybe we tend to make things too complicated wanting life to be perfect and life is not perfect. Our vision of perfect mothers and perfect daughters will make you judge this two women but believe me it will be just for a few seconds because after that your judgemental self-seeker of perfection will show you that there is actually nothing wrong and life goes on. You’ll see that there are no rules there are no right methods to raise a child or to live but your own way. After reading this book you’ll see lots of life differently and with love.
Oprah Winfrey has Maya Angelou as a Mother and I totally understand why… She says that Maya Angelou is her biggest inspiration repeats to herself one of Maya’s most famous phrases each time she has to speak in public:
Barack Obama said Maya Angelou taught all women that self-worth has nothing to do with what the world might say! February 15, 2011, Obama awarded Maya with the Medal of Freedom.
Maya left us on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86. Rest in Peace Maya you always will be the greatest inspiration to all women now and in the future. Thank you for all you did for us.
Thank you all for reading and please check Oprah’s podcast here