Josephine Baker was one person that I have always been intrigued by since I was little girl, I can remember watching the documentary of her life on television for the first time. It was something magical that has stayed in my memory ever since.
Then every year after that, I would wait for black history month to come around so that I could watch all my favorites like roots, queen and especially the Josephine baker story.
It was always one of those things that left an imprint on my heart, because it touched me to the very core. In a way I felt as If I knew her and that If I ever had the chance to meet her we would be kindred spirits.
One thing about me that you don’t know but know now is that I love to dance, in fact I always had dreams of being a professional dancer for as long as I could remember, I dreamed of going to Paris to dance. In fact I still have upcoming plans to go there not to dance, but in the future maybe even have myself a small home away from home .
Josephine grew up with a mom who came from a different time period than she did and out of the honesty of her heart she did want her daughter making a fool of her self. Rightly so in that time period. However Josephine had a calling and a burning desire to live her dreams and make a difference in people lives that she touched.
With her growing fame she was able, to break down barriers that was not afforded to African American people at the time. While at the same time break down mental barriers as to what beauty is and that it is not just one color. But is all colors and can be experienced in by all people because we all breathe air, we all have feelings and all bleed the same blood.
Josephine Baker was a leader, who although could not have kids of her own because of a terrible accident that left her barren. Was able to open her heart and adopt many kids of all nationalities and prove that love exists and can exist across the sight of color.
She opened her heart and home, and lived a life that few would be able to live. Josephine lived it with joy and never allowed anything to steal her of her happiness.
So I say to you, never let anything rob you of your happiness, always live a life that is dedicated to serving others and giving a helping hand. While at the same time holding on to your values and doing what is right.
I wrote this post because, I admire Josephine and we can all learn a couple things from her.
Live in the moment and appreciate the past never forgetting where you came from.
Let go of judgments of people and learn to think outside the box.
Stop dreaming your dream and finally live your dream.
Take some time to watch the Documentary of Josephine Baker if you have not already seen it and if you already have. I would love to know what you think about the movie.