The first time we opened our tiny little eyes in this world, we might have been surrounded by a lot of people; some our own some strangers, but we had no idea who they are, we might not even remember about it now even if we strain ourselves to remember. However, as we grow older, we start recognizing people who are around us, we start differentiating them as someone who is dear to us and some who are total strangers to us. Then comes a time when we start appreciating a person for who they are, what they have done for the society, how they have influenced thousands or even millions by their actions and then slowly their names to start engraving on our hearts so deep that we start looking up to them.
If you were to ask me to name one person or if I have to specify it, one woman who has influenced me, I would just give you a stare.
Okay don’t get me wrong, that’s not because I don’t have any, but because there are so many of them that it is difficult for me to choose one.
You tell me if I were to ask you the same question “Tell me one woman who has inspired you or is a role model to you?” what would be your answer? I am sure there must be at least one woman out there who have touched you in a way that has compelled you to bring a change in not only your life but those of others as well, isn’t it?
So here are some inspiring stories of some incredible women which I am sure will touch your heart as well as they did mine.
Whitney Way Thore
Anytime I come across line “loving your body” the one person that comes to my mind is Whitney Way Thore. In a world where being “fit” is mostly reduced to being “thin” [though drastically this ideology is changing for good] Whitney stands out from others for loving herself the way she is. Starring in a show which chronicles around her own day to day life, Whitney who was then around 170kgs did not shy away from the camera. In fact, she inspired many to love your body the way it is and enjoy life.
She really inspires me to do the same that is to love myself, love my body, be proud of it the way it is. A pimple on the face or an extra pound on my waist won't make my entire life crumble down, however being worried about the same for no reason at all might definitely lead to my downfall.
Okay, let me ask you a question: for a woman, protection of her modesty is of utmost importance to her, right? So if someday a rule is passed that a woman has to bare her breast as per the law, will you follow it? Won’t you fight against it? Won’t you express your displeasure over it?
The thought itself that someone forces you to expose without your consent ignites a fire within me, intense enough to burn down everything around me, so something similar happened when I first read the story of nangeli. Though some texts consider it to be a myth, others reality, the only emotion I felt was rage and respect.
Strange right? How can one feel rage and respect at the same time? But I did, rage against the society that compelled a woman to bare their chest if they belonged to a certain part of the society and respect for Nangeli who protested against this. And how you ask did she protest? By cutting off her breast and offering it in the place of tax that she needed to pay.
She bled to her death but now remains immortal in the hearts of all those who have read her story and her sacrifice which brought about the much-needed change.
The inspiration I draw from her is that, it does not matter who I am, from where do I come nothing, the only thing that matters is the courage and the will to bring about the change that I want rather than just talk about it.
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Amelia Mary Earhart
Ever had that feeling when you are flying somewhere and it's announced that the captain flying you that day is a woman, you feel proud and overwhelmed. Definitely, a feeling I have experienced which makes me think how slowly but definitely our world is inching towards equality in gender.
Now let us transport ourselves to the early 20th century when for the first time ever a female pilot made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight, and that lady was Amelia Mary Earhart. She paved the way for millions of females who aspire to be pilots one day.
You have heard of the phrase “Sky is the limit” and Amelia Earhart literally proved it right inspiring millions of young hearts to reach the sky.
The first time I came to know of this incredible girl was when I was in school. I remember my English teacher who introduced us to Anne Frank’s world, where along with her hundreds of other Jews faced atrocity. After that day I was on a hunt to find Anne Frank’s diary (the novel) and devoured right through it. The pain could still be felt when you read through her diary entries. How a teenage girl shares with her diary her feelings that any normal teenage girl goes through and then the harrowing background in which she lived, which forced her along with her family to hide in a secret annex.
A single girl who unknowingly has inspired many to keep fighting, to be happy no matter what.
Okay, I know what you are thinking, but no, she is not an inspiration for me because of her incredible acting chops but something much more. She is known for her love that she has for her kids, a love that saw no boundaries no barriers. A pure maternal love which saw only a kid and nothing else.
These are just a few of the women who have brought change in this world and also who inspire me. But then there are so many women out there who are achieving incredible feats every day and are inspiring generations to come.
Also, I would like to give a big shout out to two of my most favorite and the women whom I look up to the most- My mother and my sister who were the first ones to bring out the best in me.
I would love to hear from all of you the women who inspire you every day to achieve the impossible.
(Write the names below in the comments section)
Till next time, be happy, get inspired and also inspire others, do good and keep slaying.
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- Swedal Pais Fernandes