Yesterday ended 25 years of Oprah.
I am surprised by my sadness. I truly will miss the Oprah show.
But when this final season began, I didn’t know the depth of respect and admiration I’d have for Oprah.
Oh, I’ve always adored Oprah, but I never knew how much. Throughout my life, I’d watch an episode here and there. I’d read books that she recommended in her book club. I’d flip through her magazine. I’d click though to her website. I loved the work she did, the inspiration she was, but I didn’t think I had time to actually watch her show on a regular basis.
And, I’m ashamed to admit… I often wouldn’t let myself watch it, or admit to watching it when I did, because I felt a slight sting of judgment for wasting time with “daytime television”. Most often, I wasn’t home or near a TV when it aired, but I realize now, that I would have done better to have recorded and watched more Oprah episodes.
A couple months ago, I decided to schedule Oprah into my DVR and watch some of this final season. As a crazy busy work-at-home mom, I don’t have much time to watch TV, but the truth is I squeeze in a few favorites each week, even if it is only in the background while I blog or tweet.
As I watched these final episodes and a couple behind the scenes shows shot for OWN, I started to get a better understanding of what I’ve missed. I’ve seen clips and stories from the lives of loyal viewers, guests and even Oprah producers and I realize what an impact Oprah has had on lives everywhere. She has touched and helped thousands upon thousands of people.
Now I add my name to that list.
I have learned, been inspired and am propelled forward by Oprah.
Her final episode was a blessing and I’m saving it on my DVR to watch again and again whenever I need a reminder of what Oprah has taught me.
As I admire Oprah’s wisdom, I realize she has learned from talking and listening to thousands of experts and real, everyday people who shared their journeys with her and with the world through her stage.
Oprah may have learned while on a stage in front of millions, but we have the same opportunities to listen and learn…
To Know Better and Do Better.
Thank you Oprah.