Tina Turner, legendary singer, actress, dancer, and author, passed away today, May 24, at age 83 after battling a longtime illness.
Often called the Queen of Rock and Roll for her explosive energy and talent, Tina was no stranger to glitz, glam, and accolades. She was, as one of her hit songs (that happened to be one of Princess Diana’s favorites) states, “simply the best.” But despite her celebrity status and success — having sold over 150 million records and garnered 12 Grammy Awards — she knew what it meant to endure hardships, like heartbreak, loss, and abuse. Last year, in an exclusive interview with Woman’s World, she shared some important tips for a life well-lived. And though she’s no longer with us, her wisdom will live on. Keep reading to see Tina’s advice for filling your life with joy, positivity, and love.
1. You are worthy.
“If there is one thing you should remember, it’s that you are worthy of all the love and joy in the world,” Tina declared. “I think my positive attitude is what has kept me going strong throughout my life. I try to focus on the here and now, and I don’t compare myself to others—I just try to become a better version of myself each day. Happiness is actually found within, and when you realize that and work to spread kindness to all living beings, that goodness will come back to you again and again!”
2. Embrace what you can control.
“The first few decades of my life, I was in a storm of suffering,” Tina said. “I was trapped in cycles of negativity, but I found faith, and it saved my life. I realized that although I might not have control over what came my way, I did have control over how I responded to it. When you can see yourself and your life clearly, you can transform any situation.”
3. Discover joy in lifting others.
“I’m a firm believer that when we help uplift others, we uplift ourselves,” Tina said. “Showing compassion allows us to connect on a different emotional and spiritual level. It can take us to a place where our differences fade. It’s time for the world to move past divisions and into deeper connections. We must work together to solve problems. I’m hopeful that one day, we will all come together to heal the world.”
4. Declare your life’s mission statement.
“When I was going through a hard time, my friends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter took me and my sons in and helped me get back on my feet,” Tina shared. “Wayne suggested I write a mission statement to set a direction for my goals, and it helped me envision my future and taught me to keep dreaming.”
5. Feed your soul with outdoor time.
“I’ve always felt embraced by love when I’m surrounded by nature, and I just love to soak it up,” Tina said. “In my childhood, especially on the hardest days, I would retreat to Mother Nature. My natural environment was the only place I always enjoyed an awareness of truly belonging, and I’ve carried that feeling with me throughout all my years.”
6. Enjoy life’s most simple things.
“There are so many ways to nourish your soul,” Tina revealed. “Music is one of them: It rejuvenates me. … Simple pleasures can bring so much joy!”
So what does love have to do with it? Pretty much everything, as evidenced by Tina Turner’s life and wisdom. Read her 2020 book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good (Buy from Amazon, $15.19) for more of her insight. We miss her already, and we’re thankful to have been blessed with her tremendous talent.
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