My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

When she was just a child, Maya Angelou was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend and told her brother following the incident. After serving only 1 day in jail, her mothers’ boyfriend was murdered by one of her family members or, so it was alleged. Angelou blamed herself for the incident and decided not to speak a word for 5 years. She felt that just mentioning his name out loud caused his death.

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