“I keep dreaming myself into a corner!” Parton tells People with a laugh.
“But I can’t stop now. I’ve learned you can’t just say, ‘Oh, my dream’s come true and I’m walking out of here.’ No, you’ve got to show you’re grateful and show that you’re not going to just leave it all in the hands of other people. So, I’m going to be right here, doing what I’m doing, ’til I fall over dead.”
There are many reasons as to why Parton would win Person of the Year, including donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, which was used to fund research for the Moderna vaccine.
Also in October her foundation, Dollywood, raised $700,000 for victims of the Texan floods.
Parton has a self confessed ‘addiction’ to giving, saying “I’m kind of addicted to the feeling of giving. Knowing that I’m doing something good for someone else.”
Quite surprisingly though, she actually said she was reluctant to accept the title from PEOPLE.
”I have to honestly tell you, I was a little bit skeptical of being put on the cover as one of the People of the Year,” she says. “Because that’s a lot of pressure. But, yeah, it’s like, I am not all that. I’m glad that I stand for enough stuff to where I’m not the worst person in the world.”
She adds, “But I don’t want to be worshiped, because there’s a scripture in my Bible that talks about idol worship. And I see that happening all the time with movie stars and these celebrities.”
“People literally worship them more than they worship God. And I just — I cringe at it sometimes.”