This is about us. All of us. She wants us to leave the nest, to spread our wings and do something magical with our lives. Sure, some already have and we have been inspired by their stories through this entire final season.
But, this is about the rest of us. You and me, and me and you. The Monday/Tuesday show reminded us of some of what she’s done… and it’s oh so much. But, there at the very end, Dr. Maya Angelou powerfully reminded us about how Oprah Winfrey came into this world.
She was, in the beginning, perhaps the most unsuspecting change agent of our time. She was invisible to our society. She was completely without all of the things that make what she’s done actually possible. She was abused. She was poor. She came from uneducated people. And she’s black, and she’s struggled with her weight… and on and on with the reasons all of this might not have been.
Remarkably, because of all of that… as opposed to in spite of all of that, she is Oprah. She has harnessed all that she ever was, and all that she is today, and used every ounce of that pain and passion, magic and motion… to do her part to change the world.
And now… it is our turn. It is our turn to love instead of hate. It is our turn to ask questions when something makes us feel afraid. It’s our turn to read books and share them with the people we love. It’s our turn to share talented artists. It’s our turn to make sure that no woman ever believes the bullshit her abusive husband tells her about her worth. It is our turn to put down the damn cookies and feel what makes us sad and afraid and lonely. It is our turn to be the connected enlightened human beings that she made. It’s our turn to be a source of light and optimism and courage.
She believes in herself and it enabled her to believe in us. Now, it is time for us to believe in us. Thank you for running a hell of a first twenty-five laps, Oprah Winfrey. We will take it from here.
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Leaving With Oprah