We all complain about everything. ‘The Government is not doing much’, ‘The Taliban is a menace’ ,’I wish there was more awareness about this issue’ and so on. But really how many of us have ever tried to solve a dispute all on our own? How many of us have decided to do something about something that is bothering us? Answer : These little citizens of our world.
Malala’s story is an inspiration, it is an awakening and it is true. A young girl from Pakistan , in 2009, took up blogging. She described how life was like under the rule and existence of Taliban. Her blog became popular and it gained prominence all over the world. Malala’s point was simple : She wanted freedom for women. She wanted women to educate themselves and hence en power themselves. On October 9,2012 there was an assassination attempt on Malala. Fortunately, Malala survived the attack and is still fighting for the right to education for a woman. You go, girl!
What Malala taught me : Assassination is not an excuse.
Talia , a young girl, diagnosed myelodysplastic syndrome (previously known as preleukemia) and progressive neuroblastoma, was given only two months to live. But she didn’t let that stop her from making her mark in the world and making her dreams come true. Talia took to Youtube and made vlogs that taught girls all over the world the important lessons about make up. She died on July 16, 2013, living for 11 months more that what she was told.
What Talia taught me : Cancer is not an excuse.
Jack Andraka, 16 years old, is the receiver of the Gordon E Moore Award. He received this award for his work in the field of Cancer. Jack’s relative, who he described as uncle, died of Pancreatic Cancer. The doctors said that the death could have prevented or perhaps delayed if an earlier detection had been made of the cancer. This motivated Jack to take up the cause and find out a cure that was not only fast but also inexpensive. Just so you know, Jack was rejected by 200 scientists to conduct his research in their labs but as we can all see, that didn’t stop him. Watch his reaction on winning the award and his story here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSVjqtOj4oM
What Jack taught me: 200 rejections is not an excuse.
A 12 year old girl, that went to Haiti , to build houses for the displaced people of Haiti. Her current project is building a school for the kids who lost their school in the 2010 earthquake. “You can’t just sit around and think about doing it,” Rachel told the Miami Herald. “You got to actually get out there and do it.”
What Rachel taught me : ‘Nobody else is doing anything, so why should I’ is not an excuse.
It gives me great pleasure to know that there are kids, as little as 12 years old, who are trying to make this world a better place for everyone. They are young but they have already taught us a huge lesson : Age is not an issue. When you are right and your actions are true , your voice will be heard over even the loudest of bangs. Just keep believing that your dreams will come true and just keep making efforts in the right direction.