Who is your personal hero?  

IamWetFire 52F
739 posts
8/16/2006 7:56 pm

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Who is your personal hero?

Because I've been there, done that, and had it done to me against my will far too many times, I tend to choose very strong female writers as my heroes. Two of my favorites are Maya Angelou and Iyanla Vanzant. I don't think I could've survive the horror that was the end of my marriage to Toad of Darkness if not for the writings of these two phenomenal survivors.

One of my favorite books is "Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now," by Maya Angelou. A favorite passage--especially as September 11th is fast approaching and the 5th anniversary of that tragic day--is about the uncertainty of life and taking it as it comes and creating art from it.

Life loves the liver of it!

"Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. We leave our homes for work, acting and even believing that we will reach our destinations with no unusual event startling us out of our set expectations. The truth is, we know NOTHING. Not where our cars will fail or when our buses will stall, whether our places of employment will be there when we arrive, or whether, in fact, we ourselves will arrive whole and alive at the end of our journeys.

Life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed."

rm_rubie80 36F
245 posts
8/17/2006 12:57 am

well, i know its a crap answer but my mum is my real hero! xxx

IamWetFire 52F

8/17/2006 10:43 am

Oh, not at all Rubie! What a wonderful answer. Thank you for sharing it, and welcome to the grotto!

Theflinkychick 105F

8/19/2006 2:47 pm

I have most of Maya autobigraphical works and her poetry books are on my wish list. Both of those great women are on my list of personal heros.

And believe it of not, I would have loved to have met Minnie Pearl. Out of character, she had character. I cried buckets when she died.

Not all who wander are lost.

IamWetFire 52F

8/19/2006 3:08 pm

Yes, TFC, she was amazing. I remember growing up with the sound of her voice on some weird AM station, coming into my childhood bedroom straight from the Grand Ole Opry. People discounted her wisdom because of Hee Haw and, well, back then we were still, "little women," best seen and not heard.

My all-time favorite quote from Maya is about her grandmother, Annie Johnson. "I looked up the road I was on, and back the way I'd come. And not liking what I saw, I stepped off the road and cut me a new path."

Amen to that! And though I constantly stumble, fall, get bruise and have to, at times, learn even how to walk again, it's MY path.

Thanks for stopping by and especially for sharing your thought!


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