Malala Yousafzai: not your ordinary teenage girl



We always thought that we have to be extraordinarily different from the rest of the world for us to have an interesting story, to get people to listen to us, to get the attention of the world and to spark a change.
I am lazing around on a Sunday afternoon and after running out of Scandal episodes to watch, I decided to watch something inspiring (not that Olivia Pope does not fuel the desire in me to rule the world one day at a time lol) and would bring me out of my catatonic state.   So I decided to go through my other videos and stumbled upon Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech.  The speech was quite long but very inspiring especially coming from a 17 year old Pakistani young woman who fights for education for all most especially girls.

Her quote about telling a story that is not unique but a story of so many girls sparked something in me and ended up writing it down.  For years I have strived  to be the best version of myself , never content with who I am, not believing that I currently have what it takes to get what I want and to contribute something to this world.  I always felt that I am so ordinary, that no one would care to listen to my story because there’s nothing special about it.   I always thought that only exceptional people get to do amazing things.  Then it occurred to me that I don’t have to be special and maybe I won’t be a special or important in this world ever and that is just fine.   Malala made me realized that my story may be very common but how I deal with situation is what will set me apart.  I don’t have to wait for an event to happen for me to take charge and turn my dreams into reality.

Furthermore, Malala inspires me to share what little I have to make this world a better place.  She was just a kid when she started blogging about the situation of young girls in her country when Taliban took over control in their region.  She was so young yet her mind is already concerned with grown-ups issues.  While girls of her age all over the world are busy watching music videos of their favorite pop stars, keeping up with the latest trends and cutting classes just so they can hang out with their friends, she is bothered by not being able to go to school.  She got shot in the head by a Taliban member and almost died but it did not stop her.  It only fueled her determination to fight for the right to education.   And now not only she was able to continue her study, her message resonated to the rest of the world.  She won a Nobel Peace Prize and inspired millions and helped so many young girls and boys all over the world to have access to education.

It’s so amazing to see how far she’d come and knowing that the work never stops.  She keeps on promoting rights to education for everyone and as she keeps on doing that thousands of lives are being transformed.