For those of you that know me, you know that Oprah is one of my many rolemodels. She has taught me not to apologise for wanting to be an independent woman. She’s taught me that it is okay to live your life not wanting to rely on a man, and that this way of life is possible. She has instilled within me the importance of education and that it is probably the most powerful tool with which to empower yourself, change your life and have a positive impact on the world. She taught me freedom of expression and ideas, which is sometimes frowned upon when growing up in a conservative home. She has taught me that it is okay to have huge dreams, to value yourself highly and to be in touch with who you are. But I do believe the most powerful thing she’s said was, “The biggest adventure you can take on is to live the life of your dreams.”
So it comes as no surprise that during her final show, I spent the hour balling my eyes out. She’s been a part of my childhood, played a valuable role in my teenage years and an extremely vital role, now, in my early twenties. Jada Pinkett Smith put it nicely by saying that , ”Oprah maynot have had children, but she’s mothered millions.”
I’d like to focus this blog post on what I believe were the most poignant quotes from her final show.
”I’m truly amazed that I, who started out in rural Mississippi in 1954, when the vision for a black girl was limited to being either a maid or a teacher in a segregated school, could end up here. It is no coincidence that a lonely little girl who felt not a lot of love, even though my parents and grandparents did the best they could — it is no coincidence that I grew up to feel genuine kindness, affection, validation and trust from millions of you all over the world.”
When talking about God and remarking that people ask her which God she’s referring to, she nicely says, “I’m talking about the same one you’re talking about. The Alpha and Omega. The Omniscience, the Omnipresent, the Ultimate Consciousness, the Source, the Force, the All of Everything There Is, the one and only G-O-D.”
After 4,561 episodes she is so right in saying that, “There are no words to match this moment.”
“Don’t wait for someone else to complete you. ‘Jerry Maguire’ was just a movie.”
“What are the whispers that are in your life right now? And will you hear it? Your life is speaking to you right now. What is it saying?”
“There’s a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of being happy. Your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.”
“You also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”
“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. You are responsible for your life.”
“I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common. They all wanted validation. They want to know, do you hear me? Do you see me? Does what I say mean anything to you?”
“This is what I was called to do. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to find it.”
She couldn’t have ended the show better, ”I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say, until we meet again. To God be the glory.”
But what stood out most for me and what also made her tear up was this, “ From you whose names I will never know, I learned what love is. You and this show have been the great love of my life.”
I know that Miss Winfrey won’t be reading this, but I want to thank her. Thank her not just for what she’s meant to me, but to all women. She’s helped us become liberated. She’s helped to talk about issues that would usually just be swept under the carpet. She has made us realise the beauty in our dreams and helped in giving us the determination to pursue them. All in all, she has cheered us on to live our best lives.
Now it’s time for me to deal with the fact that 5.30 p.m every week day will never be the same again, and hope that there’ll be a 25 season boxset soon!