Every survivor has a story. A story, for many of us, that is similar, but inherently unique, and when told, is inspirational, remarkable and symbolizes the determination of the human spirit to survivor even under the most inhumane conditions and circumstances. We are always the main characters in our stories and the villain is the abuse itself staged to destroy, cripple, unarm and disable us. And then there is the hero, which is usually an advocate, an angel or a beacon of light that guides and directs our path. That light, in spite of what many may choose to call it , is and always will be Christ working through us. His light shines in the blackest hour reminding us that with hope, faith and love we can rise from the ashes. For Tyler Perry, that light was his aunt Jerry. In an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Perry compares the way his aunt and mother, who was also abused by his father, responded to the abuse, “my mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to church with her. I would see my mother smiling in the choir, and I wanted to know this God that made her so happy. If I had not had that faith in my life, I don’t know where I would be right now (but) my mother wasn’t strong like my aunt,” Tyler says. “She was just very passive. She did not have that backbone to stand up for herself, so certainly she couldn’t stand up for me.”. Aunt Jerry, on the other hand, was more confrontational, and both women would prove to be more than his role modesl but also the inspiration behind the infamous character Madea.
Inspirational Tyler Perry Quotes:
This is my story, so another man who has been molested may have a different story. But for me to be in this position and have what he had done to me…he gave me something to carry that I didn’t want, that I didn’t desire. And thank God, somewhere along the way, I found what you feed will grow in your life, and what you don’t will starve.
I think that everyone who’s been abused, there is a string to the puppet master, and they’re holding you hostage to your behaviors and what you do. At some point, you have to be responsible for them. What I started to do is untie the strings and chase them down to where they came from. And I was able to free myself and understand that even though these things happened to me, it was not me.
Nobody’s telling me I’m special. Nobody’s telling me what I can do, and here you are on television,” Tyler says. “I turn on the TV, and I see you. You say [during that show that] it’s cathartic to start writing. I started writing down all of the things that happened to me. … It was a chain reaction.