I didn’t get to see the last Oprah show yet, but there’s the most beautiful photo of her in the paper today, crying, her arms outstretched. I bet the whole audience was crying. What a phenomenal woman. She’s been compassionately alongside so many people’s lives in their journey, inspiring us, giving us hope, teaching us that yes, we’re worth it and yes we can! No matter what the odds.
She’s shown us with her brutal honesty about her own challenges how we need not be ashamed of our own. How we can step out of history. And most of all how every single one of us has equal importance and equal rights to a life that’s fulfilling, inspiring to us, that our dreams can come true. Something she said years ago really sank home for me – she said people worship celebrities, herself included, and lose their own sense of who they are. They make comparisons between themselves and these super- successful stars that just aren’t real.
Don’t live for me, she said, live for yourself. Become your most important person to you. One of the things I’ve loved about her the most is that despite her phenomenal power, influence and wealth she’s remained at core trustworthy and who she’s always been, except that she’s grown within herself. Her ego hasn’t bloated, she hasn’t become obsessed with her wealth and power. She’s stayed true. Her goal seems to be to help people create a better life for themselves, and she’s got more and more skilled at it.
Another thing I’ve loved about her is her amazing capacity to embrace the biggest idea possible and to encourage others to do the same. To even help them along the way. That ability is rare and I think it’s a pearl of great price. Her generosity of spirit towards life and people is too fabulous for words.
Something that seems to have really blossomed in her over the past couple of years is her extraordinary capacity for joy, to have fun. It has a richness and a depth to it that makes it so profoundly meaningful. Now that has truly inspired me! I saw a show where she did a shoot for Ellen DeGeneres. It was a cover for Oprah Magazine. She wore a fabulous, sensuous red dress that embraced her full figure and didn’t try to hide anything. She looked stunning and had such a ball with it.
This passionate woman has got heart and so much soul. I think she’s changed the world and the way women look at themselves, she’s broken down a lot of the myths about what we can’t do. I’m glad I’ve lived in this time that she could be a part of my life. And I’m very glad it’s not over, that she’s still going to be around, on OWN. At a time when she could easily rest on her laurels she launched out into something new, and even risky.
That’s pretty inspiring on its own. Thanks Oprah, for everything you’ve done so far, for people, for men, women and children. And thanks for what you’ve done for me, how you’ve inspired me, reminded me of all that’s good in life, taught me to keep reaching and never give up. To me you’ve embodied unconditional love. I wish you the best of luck for what lies ahead of you.
Btw, I’m busy making my own life important to me, but I still want to meet you.