Some women, we admire because of their resilience and strength of character. Other women, we love because of their values and compassion. We revere women who are beautiful from the inside out. And we respect some women because they stood up for what they believed in. Finally, we adore a rare few because of their immense talent.

It is rare to find all of these qualities in a single woman. But, Aretha Franklin was all of these things and so much more!

Aretha Franklin Gave Me Strength When I Lived in Detroit

I went to High School in Detroit, Michigan for several years. So, I know what a tough place it can be.

As a teenager, there were voices I discovered there that stayed with me throughout my life. Aretha Franklin was a compass for my sanity in an unfair and chaotic world.

Her persistence and sheer magical voice gave me joy. She was a diamond in the rough that I knew would stay with me forever.

She Stayed with Me Throughout My Entire Life

As I travelled the world and my 69 years took shape, music gave me strength and focus. Aretha Franklin was with me along the way as a light in the tunnel, not at the end of it.

She fought for women to be respected and loved. She made mistakes along the way like we all do, but, she got back up and dusted herself off. She just kept going forward doing what she knew she was born to do.

She walked and talked the values that I aspired to blend into my life. She stood for goodness, kindness and compassion.

Aretha Franklin Fought for Women Everywhere

Aretha Franklin was born to inspire and to motivate. She lay herself open to all the vulnerabilities that a woman faces in life. Her desire to be a natural woman, free of from social boundaries gave us all energy to push back on ageing and female stereotypes.

Aretha Franklin inspired me to never give up. She taught me – and so many others – that the power of women to support and encourage and stand by each other was powerful beyond words.

She impacted the lives of many women in our Sixty and Me community and I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for everything she sacrificed and everything she gave us with her music.

I offer my deepest respect and love for the beautiful, talented and immensely courageous Aretha Franklin!

What did Aretha Franklin mean to you personally? Which song or songs moved you the most? What message would you like to send to her friends and family today? Let’s have a chat!

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