For those who watched the Homecoming of the Queen of Soul know it was an extraordinary occasion. The picture above is of the parade of pink Cadillacs cruising pass the church where her funeral was being held.How many can command a fleet of Cadillac seven miles long.
However, her life was a testimony to the fact that whatever happened to you in your childhood or youth doesn’t have to control the rest of your life if there’s no one diligently working to sabotage your life. ( I’m not talking about people in abusive, controlling situations. Or even oppressed segments or members of a society. No, they can’t do much of anything with their lives but work to get out that situation… if they can. I’m talking about non-abusive, non controlling situations when we often use excuses to remind in the melancholic state we find ourselves in. So, please keep that in mind.)
No, we all can’t sing like her or perhaps will never have the same star-studded support she had but we have the same inherent courage if we dare to use it. For those who may not know this, but being unwed and having a child at the age of 12 in the early 1950’s was such a morale horror that it usually destroyed the girl’s life. In most cases, she was written off by the entire community as being fit for nothing but bearing more illegitimate children.
Yes, that’s how bad things like this were during the 1950’s before the Revolutions of the 1960’s and 70’s.
But apparently instead of absorbing this pain inward she rebuked it. It made her stronger and more determine to show everyone ‘I’m more than just what you see’. There were such a negative stigma attached to being an unwed mother that the girl’s self esteem was usually destroyed. I’m not saying this happened to her being who she was. Being the daughter of a famous minster, she perhaps didn’t receive the full blow of this stigma but I don’t believe she escaped it all together and was she left unscalded by it. This was Pre-Women’ Rights days and it’s little wonders she was able to get anything done at all. Let alone go on and become a superstar.
No, not everyone isn’t going to be rich and famous for overcoming the hurt and pain in their life but it’s not about being rich and famous. It’s about being happy with yourself. Because life is too short to be otherwise.