I have known Sarah for 9 years, and every year she never fails to inspire me. She is always incredibly brave, and is one of the most beautiful people you will ever meet in your lifetime. She has a true and genuine heart for others. A recent IUPUI ,(Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis) graduate, and a current English teacher in Spain, read what empowers this beauty below:
We all have our own individual struggles–likewise, we all have our individual goals.
What empowers me is seeing the people I know start careers, go to graduate school, have families, and live their lives to the fullest. It empowers me, because it inspires me to continue to strive to be the best person I can be. Seeing other people succeed reminds me that other people are always working towards their goals, just like me.
In particular, I love seeing how close friends that I’ve grown up with since middle school, or high school, accomplish their goals. When they succeed at their goals, I have a sense of pride in them as my friend, and I feel a sense of empowerment to continue towards my own goals.
It’s good self-motivation.
I also feel empowered by seeing other women advocate for one another–whether they are known solely for their advocacy, or whether they are a celebrity turned advocate–it validates my experience as a woman, and shows that there are powerful women out there fighting the same battle.
For example, Beyoncé is an advocate for women (especially for Women of Color), both in and outside of her music. I have been a fan of her music for a long time, so when she stepped into her advocacy role, it only made me love her more. Her album, Lemonade, was a statement of unapologetic blackness and a show of her strength as a woman.
I am also inspired by Emma Watson, and her efforts in the 2014 HeForShe Campaign. The HeForShe Campaign is a campaign that invites, “people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality.” The campaign argues that gender equality isn’t just a women’s issue, but a human rights issue. For Emma to stand up for what she believed in , given her large platform, shows that celebrities can and should hold and share their opinions on social issues.
Lastly, the former First Lady Michelle Obama has been one of my biggest inspirations. S
he was truly the classiest, and hardest working First Lady we have ever had. She took her role to heart, and implemented many health programs to promote healthy living and was very active with the public. She always showed women that they are capable enough and strong enough, in both her actions and in her words.
All of these women empower me, because when I see women try to make a difference in the lives of others, it shows me that there is hope in the world.
And we all need a little hope.