When fans look back on the iconic career of Dolly Parton, there are many moments, milestones, songs, and movies that they could argue are what she should claim as the thing of which she should be most proud.
There are also her many philanthropic efforts. These include her Imagination Library and her $1 million donation to the development of a vaccine for COVID-19.
According to Parton, she is most proud that she would have made her younger self proud. This isn’t such a surprise when you think about the type of person the “Jolene” singer and beloved songwriter is.
But, this is an interesting perspective for all of us to have. Would our, let’s say for the sake of argument, 5-year-old, 10-year-old, and 15-year-old selves like the adults we have become?
For Dolly Parton, the answer to that question is yes, according to a 2016 interview with the Pensacola News Journal. The thing that this songwriter and singer takes pride in is knowing that she made her childhood dreams come true.
“I’m proud that I accomplished my little-girl dreams,” Parton said after being asked to describe what made her most proud.
And, unsurprisingly, the “Steel Magnolias” star was grateful for the help she has received along the way.
“I’m so thankful to God and the fans and all the people that’s helped me along the way, so I’d say just the fact that I’ve been successful, because that’s what I had hoped to be,” Dolly Parton also said.
Dolly Parton Also Said She is Proud of the Songwriting Honors She Has Received
The country music icon also said that another career milestone she is most proud of surrounds her songwriting talents. In fact, the recognition she has received for the songs she has written stands out from her many, many other awards.
“I’ve had a lot of things given to me, a lot of awards and a lot of things, but I think the fact that I’m in the Country Music Hall of Fame and in the bigger hall of fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, is really important to me, because I really take a lot of pride in my songwriting,” Dolly Parton also said.
There was another career highlight that harkened back on Dolly Parton’s childhood dreams. In addition to those inductions, she also became a member of one of the most elite groups in country music.
“I just remember how special I felt when I got put in the Hall of Fame with all of those big ones, all over the world. And the fact that it was my dream as a child to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and I remember how special that was when I became a member back in 1969,” Parton also said.