Maya Angelou lived such a full and creative life: poet, dancer, film and television producer, playwright, film director, author and actress. Not to forget the creative acts of educating and changemaking, in her work as a teacher and civil rights activist.
I remember reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings when I was younger and feeling like I'd found a role model who I could relate to. Maya Angelou's spirit of adventure, her prolific creative output and her positive mindset are all things that inspire me and that I aspire to.
Above – an illustrated tribute that I made today – to the phenomenal woman. Below – some more of my favourite Maya quotes:
"Nothing will work unless you do."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
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