We are now onto the final self-assessment post (at last lol).
Although I do not believe in role models, I do believe in learning from other peoples positive qualities (real or fictional) and being inspired to integrate those qualities into your own life. Looking at someone else’s life, with all its successes and failures, allow you to clearly define your own path.
- BLAIR WALDORF
I know, I know starting of childish but growing up Gossip Girl was monumental. It was funny, dramatic with tons of fashion, everything a teen series needs. Although, Blairs character was manipulative and conniving, I always admired her tenacity, strength and fighter spirit. She was not naive (although made many stupid mistakes) and knew how to play the game in order to achieve her wildly ambitious dreams. When I was younger I always wanted to be Blair Waldorf.
2. Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali came from very humble beginnings, however that was not the most impressive part of his journey. It was the dedication to dedication to his morality and beliefs that drew us in. Imagine finally achieving a world that not ever your dreams can fathom to then having to sacrifice due to your righteousness. He was stripped of his title and sent to 5 years in prison with a hefty fine due to his refusal to be drafted to army service. He believed that the Vietnam war was not a legitimate war and war should only be used in order to defend oneself. Refusing to be a political pawn he sacrificed everything for his beliefs. No one believed he would ever come back from that, not even himself, but he did and became a greater legend than ever.
3. Maya Angelou
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you would know my love for Maya Angelou. Her voice is powerful yet soothing. You also don’t recognise how drastically the world has changed in such a short time span until you hear her story. She has LIVED. She was born in Mississippi in 1928, she lived in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonisation of Africa, she also worked alongside Malcolm X and Martin Luther King for the Civil Rights Movement and yet these are only a few of the things she lived through. Her ability to share love and grace in hard times is one of her main alluring features.
This was a surprising hard post to write. Mainly because as the movie “Hidden Figures” has highlighted, there are so many hidden figures in our rich history. Often times it is the entertainers that get highlighted due to the spotlight. It is often said that it is the loudest lion who will be heard even if he may the most ignorant. Many scientist, engineers, history makers tend not to focus on their image but rather their craft and so they remain hidden.
Also, I have realised that we only highlight European or American scientist, doctors, lawyers and influencers; even though we have benefited and been influenced by men and women in India, Middle East, Asia and Africa for centuries. Yet despite of all their accomplishments, they seem to be hidden and unacknowledged.
There are many scientists overseas that have created and theorised many things before those concepts came to Europe and America but their identity seems to die out due to colonisation and war and their thoughts are stolen.
So I made a vow to myself to work hard and research hidden identities and dedicate a post to those whose names deserve to be recognised.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
Let me know who motivates you.
Until then, see you next time,