Maya Angelou on How to Enbrace Ageing

When Oprah.com asked women world-over what scared them the most about ageing, they weren’t expecting the answer they got. Turns out, EVERYTHING scares women about getting old, from finding love, to loneliness, independence, financial security, and beauty.

But all is not woe and worry! To assuage their concerns, Oprah.com then teamed up with inspirational women from all walks of life to get their thoughts on ageing.

Heres what Dr. Maya Angelou, 77, acclaimed poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings had to say:

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“The surface, the superficial, the way one looks has become valued too highly in our society. When the skin begins to sag, many women go for Botox. Why on earth would you let somebody stick a needle in your face just to get rid of a wrinkle? Here’s the real question: What do we have to do to place more value on age? We have to value ourselves not for what we look like or the things we possess but for the women we are. The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.”

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