'Your biggest concern is how to manage your love life with Bubba. Yes, you are dating someone named Bubba': Oprah writes to her 25-year-old self
18:05 GMT, 2 April 2012
As a self-made billionaire whose life resembles barely a jot of her humble Mississippi beginnings, talk show legend Oprah has a wealth of life experience to share.
But America's biggest television personality is turning inward this month and has authored a letter of reflection to her younger self in which she talks of her early days in television reporting and her boyfriend, Bubba.
Oprah's nuggets of wisdom and inspiration, along with those of 17 other famous figures, will be published In the May issue of O Magazine.
The benefit of hindsight: The Oprah Magazine May Issue in which 62-year-old Oprah writes a letter of reflection to her 25-year-old self
In Oprah's letter, she begins: 'Dear beautiful, brown-skinned girl.'
The 62-year-old queen of confession references a photograph of herself aged 19 perching on a wall
outside Nashville's WLAC-TV where she was became the youngest and the
first black news reporter.
'You're proud of yourself for getting the job,' she writes about her new employment, 'but uncertain you'll be able to manage all your college classes before 1 and arrive at the station by 1:30 for a full day's work.'
Surprisingly though, given her incredibly drive and success, what is on her mind in that moment is entirely typical of any young woman her age: her boyfriend.
She adds: 'Even so, your biggest concern is how to manage your love life with Bubba. Yes, you are dating someone named Bubba.'
Recalling that she had taken him to see her workplace that day, Oprah assures her young self that though he seemed
unimpressed, he was in fact intimidated.
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She writes: 'You don't know this, though, because you
can see yourself only through his eyes.
'A lesson you will have to learn again and again: to see yourself with your own eyes, to love yourself from your own heart.'
The spiritually motivated media guru remembers that even as a young woman she seemed to
understand that the 'high calling' from God would affected change in life and provide fulfillment.
Writing of the day Chris Clark called to offer her the position at the Tennessee station she says: 'Your response was ignited by the words of your then-favorite Bible verse, Philippians 3:14. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”'
Oprah goes on to give us a better idea of how she has coped with the hardship she endured as a child, explaining how rape and abuse damaged her self esteem no matter the outward image she projected of herself.
Ending the missive she writes of the little regret she has for the journey she has taken and the choices she has made, signing off: 'Love you deeply, Oprah.'
Katie Couric and Octavia Spencer have also contributed to the project for the issue, writing shorter anecdotal messages to their younger selves.
Ms Couric reminds her youthful persona that it pays to know about sports and be able to hold your own in a male-dominated conversation.
And the recent Oscar winner gives both practical and metaphorical advice writing: 'As you make your way along life’s tumultuous highways, it’s important to note that you should always carry a map, have plenty of fuel in the tank, and take frequent rest stops.'
The May edition of O Magazine will hit newsstands on April 10th