American poet, memoirist, actress, screenwriter, and civil rights activist
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography describing in great detail the early years of Maya Angelou. The book tells the story of how she transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice.
In an interview, Maya explains that young people are often exposed to the perfect life of others where one is never wrong. But when you instill this concert for perfection in a young person that "'I never did anything wrong." They find themselves confused when they do bad: "'Damn I must be a pretty bad guy. My mom or dad never did anything wrong." In her words, "They can't forgive themselves and go on with their lives."
The more open you are about your faults. The more others will see that it's not the end of the world when you trip as long as you can get up.