A Girl With A Big Dream

Uni kept me really busy the past few days that is why I was not able to post as often and regularly as planned for my motivation post, unfortunately. But I finally got a few spare minutes to dedicate this post to a person who deserves it dearly. So my last post about motivation is going to be about Malala Yousafzai.

Malala was born 1997 in Pakistan and rose to prominence when she spoke publicly on behalf of girls and their wish for going to school. Shortly after she was shot in the face by a masked gunman in behalf of the Taliban, who had taken over her village years ago. But that did not scare her: She kept speaking up for girls and their right to learn. Together with her father, Malala set up a fund for helping young girls to go to school and for this, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. 

Malala Yousafzai (Credit: The Globe and Mail)

I have seen going to school as a form of punishment when I was younger. So much the more I now appreciate that I have and always had the chance of (free) education everywhere I wanted to go. Education now even has become an essential part of my life as I feel a strong drive for learning and knowing about everything that is going on. So I keep teaching myself about many different topics when I come home from University. For me, it was never in doubt that it could be different. Malala did not open my eyes but she made me want to help her spread her word, giving every person everywhere in the world the chance to learn. She inspires me from the first day I heard about her. She was 15 years old and got shot in the head for speaking publicly for a basic human right. That did not stop her to keep fighting. It is truly exceptional what she has achieved so far and I am sure she will achieve so much more within the next years. 

Her message is clear: If you believe in something, keep fighting. Come what may, but never give up. That is how you change the world. Thank you Malala, we need more people like you.


Featured Image taken from Picgran

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