Today is a very sad day for me, and for millions of people around the world. Today, after 25 years, we will watch The Oprah Winfrey Show for the very last time.
It feels like just yesterday, I rushed home from college to watch The Oprah Winfrey Show. There was no Tivo, PVR, DVR then, and recording it on VHS was bloody annoying, so I did my best to make it home on time every day. Well, I haven’t stopped watching since.
I have always felt, in a strange way, connected to Oprah at such a profound level. It is odd after all, we were nothing alike… I grew up a fairly charmed life, lots of love and support, travel, good self esteem, I had never been abused, I was not a child of divorce, and I wasn’t African American. In fact, I was the polar opposite of Oprah. But there was just something about her that I identified with so deeply, and so therefore, I decided I would learn from her. I literally spent my most impressionable years with Oprah, and it is her that I credit much of my success to.