“You’ve spent too many days and years trying to please others and be what they wanted you to be,” she writes. “You will have to learn that the wounds of your past — rape, molestation, whippings for ‘stepping out of place,’ and not being allowed to show anger or cry afterward damaged your self-esteem,” she says.
Oprah’s heartfelt words focus on her days as the youngest and the first black news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV, to a moment she says would forever change the trajectory of her life, and one that she struggles to not be overshadowed by her relationship with a boyfriend named Bubba.
“Even then you understood that success was a process and that moving with the flow of life and not against it would be your greatest achievement,” she says.
Winfrey’s reflections are published alongside those of 17 other famous figures, including actress Octavia Spencer, who writes:
Hello Traveler,As you make your way along life’s tumultuous highways, it’s important to note that you should always carry a map, have plenty of fuel in the tank, and take frequent rest stops.
Maya Angelou would say to find a beautiful piece of art and relate, as much as possible, to the humanity in it.
O, The Oprah Magazine’s May 2012 issue hits newsstands on April 10.