Back to Dolly. I've never really thought much about Dolly Parton except that she seems like a good person and is an American icon of sorts. I don't have any of her albums, never been a huge fan, but appreciated her work as an singer/songwriter nonetheless. Furthermore, who doesn't just adore her role as Truvy in the movie Steel Magnolias?
I was completely captivated by her interview (originally aired in 2001) . . . so much so, that I listened to it again this morning (Terry Gross is one of my favorite NPR hosts - love her style), and it only took about a half hour for my respect and admiration for Dolly to increase hundredfold. What an incredible person!! Really, her life story is filled with amazing courage, determination, and an unbelievably strong sense of self. I have always been impressed with people who have the tenacity to pursue their dreams, without fear of failure or how they are perceived by others, and Dolly exemplifies this perfectly. She is the real deal . . . aways staying true to herself, her faith and ideals, and those things that make her happy, regardless what anyone might think or say. She also possesses a sincere and optimistic outlook on life, her relationships with others, and the future. I just love her confidence . . . it's rare to find someone who's experienced so much success and who can still so easily balance their self assurance with genuine humility.
Thanks Dolly for the inspiration!