I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them. – Elizabeth Taylor

The first time my grandmother talked with me about Elizabeth Taylor, it was about her violet eyes. Later she told me about Elizabeth’s many marriages.

It wasn’t until years later when I read the following quote that something about Elizabeth Taylor truly resonated with me –

People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz.

She too disliked having a nickname. Like her, so many people are determined to give me one — Vicky of course being the most popular choice. My close friends have always known to not call me Vicky. Some things matter more to people. This is one of those things for me.

So today as I hear soundbites about Elizabeth Taylor’s life and I read about her request to show up late to her own funeral, I remember when she inspired me to be true to myself — in a way that may be so simple for some. But for me, it mattered so much.

R.I.P Dame Elizabeth


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