Title : WOULDN’T TAKE NOTHING FOR MY JOURNEY NOW
Author : Maya Angelou
Genre : Essay
Pages : 139
“Life is a pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen.”
Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now is a compilation of tidbits of wisdom that Maya Angelou collected throughout her life. The book is concisely written, and I read it in bed on one Sunday evening.
It has so much magnitude, and the anecdotes impart essential life lessons that I almost underlined every sentence. Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now is about life. It passes the sage advice in the form of brief stories, poems and life situations.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
The range of topics covered is extensive and riveting such as sweetness of charity, sexuality, feminism, respect, death and being bold to change and making the best out of the life we have. She has an idiosyncratic way of approaching the high and the low moments in life.
“It is time for parents to teach young people early that on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
This is a book I can recommend to (almost) everyone because there are lessons to learn from several stories if not all. The wit of Maya Angelou will blow you away and leave you reflecting about how you live. I found the randomness of the topics to be fascinating. The book is enough proof that for literature to be impactful, it doesn’t have to be lengthy.
Let’s rush to the nearby store for a copy or head to kindle right away. Shall we?