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At 69 years old, Stevie Nicks is fearless and a force to be reckoned with in any arena she enters and according to an in depth interview with Oprah, we owe the powerhouse of a woman we’ve come to know and love to her beloved mother Barbara Nicks, who passed away in December of 2011 at the age of 84.
A tiny but fierce woman, Barbara’s influence helped shape Stevie into an independent, fearless woman of great depth and strength and her passing isn’t one of the greatest losses of Stevie’s life – it’s THE greatest and by far the most devastating loss, throwing the rock legend into a period of serious soul searching as she looked back on the lessons she learned from her mother and more importantly, the lessons she never got a chance to learn.
“I thought I had years left to ask her all those questions I wanted to ask her and then she was gone, and I didn’t get to. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to sit down with her and talk to her about her life, it was just because I didn’t think she was going anywhere. And that’s been a very hard lesson for me.”
As Stevie discovered the hard way, time waits for no one and tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us; if there’s a silver lining in the greatest loss of her life to date, it’s that clearly, Barbara Nicks is never far from her daughter because she’s still teaching her lessons, most notably this one:
“My advice to everybody that still has their parents is make sure that you sit down and talk to them about what they did when they were kids and what they were like when they were young and first married because you really lose out if you don’t. Time waits for no one, and it could all end tomorrow.”