Last night I decided to wait and pick my quote this morning, allowing me the opportunity to find the best quote for the day. When I woke up I immediately saw the news that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed away at the age of 86. Although I have not delved deeply into poetry, I took an American Poetry class during my last semester of college. Maya Angelou was one of the last poets that we read and I found each of her works so incredibly powerful and inspiring. This class opened me up to a variety of poets and Maya Angelou was certainly one of the most memorable. Learning of her death, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to find one of Angelou’s many quotes to use for Wordy Wednesday. I chose this particular quote because I think it relates directly to this journey I am taking with my blog. I had been going back and forth for months over whether or not to start this blog. However, taking this leap has allowed me the chance to choose exactly what I want to say and what stories I want to tell. Since starting this blog only a few days ago I have already had friends reach out to me to ask tons of questions about blogging. They too had been debating whether or not to start their own blogs, in order to tell their own stories. I highly recommend anyone who is thinking about blogging to take the plunge. It is certainly not easy, but I have found it to become such a wonderful aspect of my day-to-day life. Tell your stories. Do not let fears or doubts discourage you. My interpretation of Angelou’s quote may be very different than yours, but I hope it makes you stop and think. Dr. Angelou was certainly on to something when she said these words and I hope that we all take a minute to think about the incredible impact she made throughout her lifetime. Rest in Peace Maya Angelou.