Dolly Parton's Advice for Young People Chasing Their Dreams: "You’ve Got Your Own Journey"
Sing it, Smoky Mountain Songbird.
Dolly Parton never disappoints when it comes to giving us inspirational life advice.
Now, in a recent interview with PEOPLE, the Queen of Country has offered up some wonderful advice for her fans, especially her younger ones. For the story, Parton spoke candidly with the news outlet about her relationship with her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, offering some motivation for young adults along the way. “I’ve told [Cyrus] some things that I think are valuable and that she uses, but I’d rather live an example,” Parton says. “[I’d rather] be an example rather than just try to tell somebody to do this, do that because I don’t think that’s right. Everybody’s different. You’ve got your own journey. And some people are going to help you along the way and they can kick a few rocks out of the road for you, but you got to walk it.”
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In a previous interview with Southern Living, Parton also shed some light on how she personally leans into forging her own path and staying optimistic through setbacks. "[I'm just grateful] for the things that happen to [me]. I think that also came from my childhood—my grandfather was a preacher—just having God, faith, and all that instilled in us. But I like to make things happen if they're not happening. I like to get involved, " Parton says. "So I like to think of myself as a Girl of Many Colors, not just a coat, because I have all kinds of moods and I experience them all. I think that's what makes a human being. People always say 'You seem to always be so happy.' But I'm not always happy. Nobody is happy all the time...I'm just a person; I like to experience whatever the feeling is and whatever I'm going through. But I have a good attitude. And I was born with a happy heart. I'm always looking for things to be better."
This positive mental attitude of Parton's is definitely something we want to embody more in our own lives. Can our New Year's resolution be "Channel our inner Dolly Parton each and every day to get us through the good and bad?"