Hey Oprah, it's your daughter from India
Hi Mama O,
I can't believe I'm actually writing to you today. I have written to you in my journal so many times that I have lost count. I have had conversations with you so many times thatI have lost count. I have rehearsed your words and teachings in my head so many times that I have lost count.
I am your daughter and I have felt it in my heart since the first time I heard you talk about love, life and everything else in the middle.
If there is one thing I know for sure, I will be thanking you everyday, every moment of my life for making me the person I am today. There is so much I have learnt from you and there is so much I have to learn still. I'm so excited to see what life has in store for me.
I am 27 years old and I have had my share of ups and downs in life. The ups taught me how to be humble (like acing classes, doing well in school) and the downs taught me my own strength and compassion (my dad passing away when I was 14, being in unfaithful relationships, being in a long serious abusive relationship - that one took sometime).
The last three years of my life have been absolutely transformational. I have heard you on YouTube, Podcasts, Facebook, Instagram, read your books. And now when I listen to one of your podcasts or interviews it feels like I am speaking with you as your voice rings in my head and I know all the words. It makes me feel connected to you somehow. I write you letters in my journal and keep a gratitude journal just like you taught me. I cannot stress enough how your words have shaped my reality today.
You always say, "surround yourself with people who are going to fill your cup until your cup runneth over so when people say you're so full of yourself, you can say yes, I am so full, my cup runneth over."
I feel calm because these three years of filling my cup first made me realize I'm overflowing. It made me realize the storms are coming but I shall not be moved. Being still for so long assured me that I have to do the best for me and everything else will be figured out by the universe and I don't have to worry.
When a person who has been abusive in the past was trying to come back into my life, I felt calm instead of panicking. I remember lying in bed when my phone rang with calls and messages and a thought occurred to me. I cannot believe these are the words that crossed my mind,
"If I let him back in, I will be disappointing Oprah."
That made me cry because I knew in that moment I realized I was going to be okay.
I just want to tell you what you keep saying about what Maya Angelou said to you about legacy.
Your Legacy will be all the lives you have touched. And you have touched mine so much that I didn't even realize you were a part of me Mama Oprah.
I love you and I bless you with all my heart and soul. Until we meet. This is me thinking of you always ♥
Love now and forever,
By Sanjana Agrawal, Designer, Author, Motivator, Poet and Visionary