I've been told that I am strong. "You're such a strong person," they said. Naturally, I laughed it off. I've heard and read stories about people who risked their lives doing real brave things, things that only a strong person can do, things someone like myself can only entertain the idea of...and I amhere thinking, "Who am I compared to these amazing awe-inspiring people? I am but a grain of sand--a handful at most." Let's take a look at some of these wonderful people:
A true example of an inspiration, Oprah Winfrey is one of the pioneers of the women empowerment movement. She speaks about the abuse she faced as a child and how she thinks all of her life experiences has shaped her to become who she is now. Her ability to connect with her guests on her #1 talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show is something that is undeniably rare--honest, emotional and raw conversations in front of millions of viewers...and she did that for 25 years.
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
You might know her as Anna from Frozen, or Veronica in Veronica Mars; she is one of Hollywood's funniest leading ladies with a magnetic personality. Her mother's openness about her fight with depression gave Kristen one of the best tools to combat her own battles with mental health--support from loved ones. She first opened up in an interview "Off Camera with Sam Jones" and this mental health advocate has been unstoppable since.
"Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves."
She is one of the most powerful and influential women in the world, with her efforts to support areas of society in desperate need of help or remodelling. Together with her husband, Bill Gates, they founded one of the world's largest private charitable organisation. She was inspired by her experience at a male-dominated workplace to encourage women in technology, specifically computing by striving to create a more diverse workplace and empowering young women everywhere.
"All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones."
This year, I came to realise one thing: at the time, these women probably didn't think they were strong either. They probably did what they thought was right, what they thought society should see, they did what everyone else was afraid to do. Like me, they were once a handful of sand. But a handful of sand in the right hands creates ripples, these ripples become waves and these waves become what we remember these women for.