"Until We Meet Again"- Oprah Winfrey Ends The Oprah Winfrey Show after 25 Years
I still can’t write about this. In fact, I may have to return to this subject later. I just don't know when and I don't want the week to end before I mention that this week marked the end of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
I don’t know why I am so emotional really. I mean I have some idea but I am not entirely sure how to word it and being as though I am a writer, that should tell you that I am a little beside myself.
My emotionalism is not about the Oprah Winfrey Show ending. It’s sincerely due to me understanding what Oprah has represented to me: a woman not much different from us who has done such extraordinary things,that if you put her statistics on paper, she was not “supposed” to do. There is something about Oprah Winfrey that when I see her I say to myself "she is really just one of us." I mean she really truly is a bonafide BGLU (I just read this interview with her and Gayle and can I tell you some parts sound identical to Tia and me? Scary)! She's faced criticism, difficulties and disappointments that I can see myself and a number of my friends having to face if we lived our lives publicly. Oprah is no different from the fabulous women that I am honored to surround myself with in my life. I am proud to be living in her lifetime because seeing her and not just reading about her leaves me no excuse to not press forward with my own dreams. It leaves me no excuse to not allow myself to dream in the first place. I think that’s been missing from my life lately.
Oprah left us all a mandate on May 25, 2011 and if you have not seen the show or read the transcript (you can read it here), I highly, HIGHLY encourage you to do so. I got wind of what she was saying via Twitter because I was at my office and couldn’t watch the show. The quotes people were tweeting kept piercing my heart because of the stage I am in right now in my life. It’s been a rough week for me. I can’t explain this turning point but something has shifted. Every single word Oprah said during her last show hit me so hard not because it was her saying it or because it was her last show. It hit me hard because it was truth:
"Each one of you has your own platform. You can help somebody, you can listen, you can forgive... My greatest wish for all of you ... is that you carry whatever you are supposed to be doing and don't waste any more time."