Inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places. One simply has to know where to look.
It doesn’t have to come from the likes of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, or other influential figures of history. It doesn’t have to come from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or other business veterans that have billion dollar assets to their name.
Inspiration, if you look hard enough, can be drawn from the ordinary, everyday people around you. It can come from the woman you share your commute with, who works three jobs to support her family. Inspiration can come from your colleague, who still finds the strength to smile, after the loss of a loved one. It can come from the hundreds of victims of sexual assault who still believe that there is good in the world, or from a friend suffering from depression, who wakes up every morning, simply hoping for the best.
Look for motivation in something as inconspicuous as a sunflower growing in your garden, that always finds its way to the light. Look to your own mothers, who will give you their rotis, so you don’t have to go to bed hungry.
You can find inspiration through a woman who walked out of an abusive and violent marriage, even when society judged and shamed her for it. One doesn’t necessarily have to look to history books and superhero comics to be inspired. Inspiration can come from the young kid on your street, who falls, but gets back up on the cycle and tries again. It can come from patients of cancer who still radiate hope and positivity, despite knowing that they might not make it through the night.
One can find inspiration in characters like Mariam from ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, or in people like Bhanwari Devi, who was brutally raped and molested by five men in her village, for preventing the age old and fairly common practice of child marriage.
Inspiration can be drawn from the guy in your class who doesn’t rest till he solves that math problem. It can come to you through a friend who burned the midnight oil for months together, to get that scholarship.
Inspiration can come from the hundreds of normal citizens like you and me that question the government and our leaders. It can come from a friend who has had their heart broken multiple times, but still believes in love. In a world of rampant homophobia and sexism, it can come from a classmate who finally came out in the open about their sexual orientation or their gender identity.
Inspiration can come from simply watching someone seize back control of their life and change it for the better. It can come from someone who battles deep seated insecurities, but still wakes up with a smile. It can come from those that have kind words to say, even when they’ve received none. And from those that look into the mirror through tear-filled eyes, broken and scarred, but decide to live and fight yet another day.
That inspiration for someone could be YOU.
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