Let Maya Angelou teach you perseverance

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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.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

These are some brilliant and inspiring words from one of the greatest authors, poets, and civil rights activists that history has ever produced. With seven (7) autobiographies, three (3) essays and several poems to her name, Maya Angelou did not achieve this on a platter of gold. She had her own fair share of life challenges but she never allowed these challenges determine her fate.

Maya did not have the best of childhood. She was sexually molested at the age of seven, had an unstable home environment, lived with homeless children, didn’t have a role model had her first and only child at a very tender age. In fact, she had every reason to just accept her sorrows and remain in them but she never did.

My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive, and to do so with passion -Maya Angelou Click To Tweet

At age sixteen she became San Francisco's first African-American female cable car conductor. Funny enough she was rejected when she applied due to her skin colour at her mum’s advice, she went to sit in the office every day. Her persistence gave her the job.
Nothing could deter Maya. Through hard work and heeding to her teacher and friend’s advice, who introduced her to great authors like Charles Dickens, William shakes spear and other great authors, who influenced her life and career, Maya went on to achieve great things.

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou Click To Tweet

We can’t forget her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

Many would consider this as a feat impossible for a black woman growing up in a predominantly White neighborhood, where receiving recognition is almost impossible.
Interestingly Maya did not attend any college but has over 40 honorary degrees to her name, speaks six languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and the West African language Fanti) fluently apart from English.

History cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. -Maya Angelou Click To Tweet

We cannot overemphasise her determination to affect lives and leave a great legacy in the sand of time. Her perseverance can not be ignored. If you forget everything, don't forget these words of hers: "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

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