Who is your biggest inspiration? Whom do you turn to when you are sad or dejected? Is there anyone who gives you strength in times of need? When going gets tough, who is the one that inspires you to charge ahead and face the challenges head on?
I bet everyone has a unique answer for these questions. There are people who get inspiration from world leaders, some gain it from friends or family or co-workers...some will even get inspired by true life heroes...or even on screen heroes. Some find the strength in movies or some might find it in songs. For me... inspiration comes from all over the place. And I've been meaning to write about my inspirations for a while now... FINALLY, here I go.
She is a woman, born in a modest, lower middle class family, with 6 other sisters to share a small government quarters. Struggle was a second nature and "studying" was the only way to go. And she did EXACTLY that. She studied her way out of her social background, helped complete education and marriages of ALL her six sisters while raising a happy and healthy family. A family that is not only held together with love and respect but also an immense belief in her way of life. Her six sisters and two daughters along with rest of the kids in her "family" even today follow her wishes and advice without a doubt. At 54 years of age, she still is an image of ever youthful energy and immense inspiration to all those who come in her contact. She is the one, who made me who I am today. and she will always be the driving force in my life. She is none other than....... my MOTHER.
But its not only about her show... what also inspires me about her, is her love for people in her life. Be it her best friend Gayle, or the prolific author and poet Maya Angelou, the one she calls her "mother-sister-friend". She has always been vocal and giving when it comes to sharing credit and love with those who are a part of her life. Its this part of her personality which makes me list her name on my "inspirational women" list. Of course, the fact that she is listed as the Richest African American...is equally compelling. :)
to be continued...