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Hey Oprah, It’s Your Daughter from India

An honest letter to a soul mother.

Hey Oprah,

I can’t believe I’m actually writing to you today. I have written to you in my journal so many times that I have lost count. I have had conversations with you so many times I have lost count. I have rehearsed your words and teachings in my head so many times that I have lost count.

I am just counting the moments till I see you. I am your daughter and I have felt it in my heart since the first time I heard you talk about love, life and everything else in the middle.

If there is one thing I know for sure I will be thanking you every day, every moment of my life for me becoming the person I am today. There is so much I have learnt from you and there is so much I have to learn still. You know what? I can’t wait. I’m so excited to see what life has in store for me.

I am 26 years old and I have had my share of ups and downs in life. The ups taught me how to be humble (like acing classes, doing well in school) and the downs taught me my own strength and compassion (my dad passing away when I was 14, being in unfaithful relationships, being in a long serious abusive relationship—that one took some time).

The last two years of my life have been absolutely transformational. I have heard you on YouTube, on podcasts, on Facebook, Instagram, read your books. Whatever I could find, in short. And now when I listen to one of your podcasts or interviews, your voice rings in my head and I know all the words. It makes me feel connected to you somehow. I write you letters in my journal and keep a gratitude journal just like you taught me. I cannot stress enough how your words have shaped my reality today.

That a person who has been abusive in the past is trying to come back into my life and my feeling of calmness is something I don’t remember. I felt calm because these two years of filling my cup first made me realise I’m overflowing. It made me realise the approaching storms and that I shall not be moved.

Being still for so long assured me that I have to do the best for me and everything else will be figured out by the universe and I don’t have to worry. I remember lying in bed when my phone rang with calls and messages and a thought occurred to me. I cannot believe these are the words that crossed my mind,

“If I let him back in, I will be disappointing Oprah.”

And I just started crying because I knew in that moment I realised I was going to be okay.

I just wanted to tell you what you keep saying about what Maya Angelou said to you about legacy.

Your Legacy will be all the lives you have touched. And you have touched mine so so much that I didn’t even realise you were a part of me.

I love you and I bless you with all my heart and soul.

Love sincerely,

Sanjana

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