“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.”
A picture I had taken of a beautiful evening.
It was recently brought to my attention by a reader of my blog that I should write about some of my biggest inspirations in life. I think that during this strange time of rapid global unfortunate circumstances due to this COVID-19, a glimpse at some people who are inspirational as well as motivational for me might be refreshing and positive. Most of these people you will likely know, but I’ll give a paragraph focusing on the positive inspiration that I receive from them, as well as how it applies to me personally. Also, there will be YouTube videos provided that will allow you to see for yourself just how truly inspirational they are from their own mouths. So here goes it!
Malala Yousafzai’s intriguing story has not only captivated my attention but motivated/inspired me in a series of ways. Her story is one of unparalleled courage, fearless tenacity, altruism at its finest, and affirmative success. As a young Pakistani girl, she had endured such hardship due to discrimination, terrorism, and other factors that would try to withhold and dampen her chances of meeting her full potential. Her survival story of being shot at point-blank range in the face, and then deciding to defy the odds and attend school in a courageous act of defiance to terrorist threats exemplified inspiration and determinative will. She continued on to be a beacon of hope and action when it came to being a frontrunner for female education activism in places that would prohibit such actions. Malala’s strength in will power and overcoming such demeaning circumstances at such a young age gave me a reason to admire and find inspiration in her perseverance and natural spirit of good-will. Her visionary gift of seeing a day where everyone, especially women, can be educated was even more inspirational to me considering that she did not just speak on the matter; she was in the trenches so to speak, paving a way for this to come to fruition. Malala’s actions spoke louder than her words to me because this demonstrated that regardless of how demonstrative her verbiage was for this detrimental cause, she used her successful platform as a means to create educational opportunities. She later went on to become the youngest Nobel Prize awardee in history, published nine award-winning books, win fourteen other prestigious decorative awards, and even have a documentary made about her: He Named Me Malala. She is a major inspiration and motivation for me to continue to strive to make a difference with my own gifts and talents in a tenacious altruist-driven manner.
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.”-Robert Tew