It’s no secret, I love Oprah.
For some reason, people always laugh at me when I say this and I’m not sure why. I grew up with Oprah; she was always part of my after-school routine. I would plop myself down in front of the television at 4 and watch a glorious hour of joy, awesome journalism, and inspiration. (Soon, Ellen became part of that ritual too, but maybe I’ll have to do a separate post on my other daytime talk-show hero.)
I know that some people don’t like Oprah. Some even hate her. Although I don’t understand hate in any, way, shape or form, I understand that Oprah isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
However, Oprah has taught me so incredibly much about life and about who I am. Here’s everything she’s taught me and all of the reasons why I love her:
1.To listen. Oprah is a GREAT interviewer. Not only because she just has that warm vibe that gets people talking, but because she truly listens to what they are saying. She taught me how to have good, genuine conversations.
2. How to find the perfect jeans. Years and years and years ago, Oprah did a show about finding the perfect jeans for your butt and I still take what I learned that day every time I go shopping, I kid you not.
3. To be aware. Oprah opened my eyes to so many issues around the world (Congo, human trafficking, women’s issues, etc). I don’t think I would be an aware global citizen if it wasn’t for Oprah.
4. Lisa Ling. Everyone credits Oprah for discovering Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Nate Berkus. But Oprah is the first show that I discovered Lisa Ling, who, I think, is one of the best journalists of our time.
5. Meditate. In Oprah’s newest adventure, I discovered Deepak Chopra when she interviewed him for her Super Soul Sunday. That whole show was spiritually life-changing for me. Lucky for me, this year Oprah started doing 21 Day Meditation Challenges with Deepak and so I started meditating with them. If you’re stressed, overwhelmed, or just struggling to find inner-peace, meditate. Seriously. It will change your life.
6. Tear-Jerking Moments. I admit. I’ve cried a lot watching the Oprah show, but no more than when I watched her last episode. It wasn’t because it was sad (okay, maybe it did have something to do with that), but the transcript and the words of that show are beautiful.
Whether you’re a fan of her or not, you must agree that Oprah is a wonderful human being who has changed the world with her spirit, inspiration and strength.