As writers, you have a chance to do something amazing. You have a chance to get rich, a chance to get famous, a chance to be remembered beyond your days. But more than that, you have a chance to speak.
The act of putting pen to paper, or taking that deep breath and typing out your thoughts, can be humbling, can be elevating, can be for fun…or it can change the world.
Maya Angelou, who has died at the age of 86, changed the world with her writing and her activism.
When Maya Angelou wrote, it made you think. It made you want to try. More often than not, it left you breathless when you read it, with a heartfelt “Yes!” welling up from inside. She opened up a commonality in the human experience too often brushed past or washed over in the modern world, and for a moment, or an hour, or a day, she made you feel like a real, living part of something greater, a part of what the human race could be.
Maya Angelou, you’ll be missed.