To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on May 30, 2014 in Picture Quotes

Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to. Something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour. A youth she’s content to leave behind. A past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra. One friend who always makes her laugh and one who lets her cry. A good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family. Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored. A feeling of control over her destiny.
How to fall in love without losing herself. How to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend, without ruining the friendship. When to try harder and WHEN TO WALK AWAY. That she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents, That her childhood may not have been perfect but it’s over. What she would and wouldn’t do for love or more. How to live alone even if she doesn’t like it. Whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally. Where to go, be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming Inn in the wood when her soul needs soothing. What she can and can’t accomplish in a day, a month and a
Written by Pamela Redmond Satran

My apologies on the error of the author.
This beautiful piece is often misattributed to the late Maya Angelou. It was brought to my attention that Pamela Redmond Satran wrote this.


  1. mieke June 1, 2014 Reply


  2. Diana Zinz June 1, 2014 Reply

    I have a set of screwdrivers and two cordless drills, one small and one medium. No black lace bra. Those days are over, thank God. I love living alone, with Bradley, my gay, spiritual doggy. We are Happy from the inside out. Thank you Ms. Angelou for being. Sincerely, Diana Fair Zinz.

  3. Petya October 31, 2017 Reply

    Beautiful, I will take a note on few of these!Thank you , Lessons Learned in Life!

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