It was fantastic. I learned a ton, and it confirmed my love of writing as a means of connecting with the world and each other. There’s so much beauty and magic present when we share who we are. We feel less alone when we allow our wonderful humanness to be seen and when we become witnesses in return. I believe there is great value in supporting and celebrating each other as we journey through this beautiful and often bumpy road of life (and in having a hell of a good time along the way).
One of my favorite writing assignments of the Virtual Yurt was to compose a love letter to your favorite writer.
I chose Maya Angelou.
She was not only a favorite writer to me, but also a beautiful beacon of what it means to own and honor our humanness. It feels bittersweet to share this letter after her recent death. I had always hoped to meet her in person. I guess in a way, though, through her writing I feel like I did. She was a wonderful friend and confidante. It is with great love and appreciation that I remember and honor the life of Maya Angelou.
August 5, 2013
My soul feels full of love and joy when I picture you in my mind. I adore your beautiful strong melodious voice, your radiant smile, your gorgeous body that sways and dances to the rhythms of life, and the magical way that you weave your words and stories into the most exquisite creations.
What a blessing you are to me.
Connecting with you through your stories and poems has transformed and softened my view of life. In some of my darkest times I’ve imagined your beautiful shining face smiling next to me with your twinkling eyes full of love and delightful boldness. I’d hear you saying, “stand tall, girl … be kind to yourself and don’t apologize for who you are.” Your words made me feel stronger and less alone. You gave me hope and encouragement that my seemingly flawed and imperfect life was good—better than good. You helped me to see the value and perfection in all my experiences, and most importantly in myself.
You’ve inspired me to go after my dreams, to experiment, to love, to be transformed by my suffering, to live and continue to make the best out of my life each day, and to forgive myself when I don’t … for that I am so grateful.
Thank you for being willing to share the extraordinary gift, which is you, with the world.
Your loving fan,
I now welcome you to write your own love letter to your favorite writer or a person who has greatly inspired you. I think we learn and confirm what’s important to us and what we value when we do this—and it just feels really good to be in a state of love and appreciation (and what better reason do we need than that!) Feel free to post your letter here in the comments or to email it to me privately if you like—I’d love to read it.