Maya Angelou on Getting Older

Every Friday I try to post one of my favorite quotes that I find inspiration from. I love featuring the one and only Maya Angelou. I cannot get enough of her or her writings. In today’s favorite quote friday she was asked about growing older and this was her response:

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better…eventually.
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.

Can I get an AMEN!! I swear she can see into my soul! Every time I read something of Maya Angelou’s I get goosebumps. Her writing is so pure, so honest, so truthful. I hope to one day be able to be as reflective and wise as this phenomenal woman. What have you learned thus far in your life about growing older? I’ve learned that no matter how hard you try to protect your heart, it will break.

Happy Friday :)

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9 Responses to “Maya Angelou on Getting Older”

Lani says:

Oh I love her! She is such an inspiring person. Whenever I need a pick me up, I read Still I Rise and I’m ready to take on the world. Thanks for the great quote! xo

admin says:

Couldn’t agree more Lani! I’m tempted to get “still I rise” as a tattoo for a constant reminder of where I have come from & what I have overcome!

YUMMommy says:

Such a great quote. I admire how she’s been able to overcome so many obstacles and still have such a wise and positive outlook on life. She’s an inspiration and role model of mine for sure!

admin says:

She’s amazing!!!!

Lisa says:

I loved this post very much and my first time to your blog. Such great inspiration here. I have actually been going thru some challenges and I’ve found I’m stronger than I realize. Take care and I’m a new follower on Pinterest and here.

Lisa x

admin says:

Lisa, thank you so much for your support. Maya Angelou is a huge inspiration for me and my life. I’ve learned that we don’t give ourselves as much credit as we deserve. And women are tough as nails and can endure so so much. Keep your head up and keep moving! :)

This is definitely one of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelo. It speaks VOLUMES.

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