“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t
complain.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is often quickly recognized as an amazing poet – which she is. There is, however, a lesser known sideof her that might be even more amazing than her poetic side. In 1971, Maya Angelou stepped out into a world that no black woman had ever entered, being a director in Hollywood. This was only ten years after the great Civil Rights movement, which she was also very active in with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maya lived a marvelous life, but much of it might not of ever happened. Angelou, at age 8, was raped by her mother’s boyfriend raped her. For five years she was silent, void of confidence, and not living much of a life. It was not until her teacher introduced her to literature that she started to open back up. For years she worked jobs and dealt with many problems throughout her adolescent years. She soon blossomed and lived her life fully, and gave back in numerous ways.
How did she do it? In her words, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”