Malala Yousafzai is a 19 year old lady from Pakistan with a passion for reading, writing, learning and women’s rights. We first learned about her in late 2012 when she was shot by Taliban terrorists as she was walking to school. This kickstarted her campaign for educating girls in Pakistan. Malala is the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate and co-authored the 2013 international bestseller I Am Malala. She is certainly an inspiration at such a young age. Let’s take a look at 10 life lessons we can learn from Malala Yousafzai:
- “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” – All of us have the power to change our situation, our lives, our community and the world, no matter how difficult or impossible it may seem. She reminds us that women and girls have the strength and capability to do anything we set our minds to.
- “Life isn’t just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.” – Live the life you want. Be happy, make friends, enjoy new experiences, do something that scares you; just live!
- “If you don’t raise your voice, it is unlikely anyone will hear you.” – You have a voice and it is important that you use it. Speak out against injustice, let people know how you feel, tell someone that you love them, share your opinions, thoughts and concerns.
- “I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid – if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.” – How many times has fear held you back from something you really want to do? We all fear failure to some extent, but failure is just a lesson on how not to do something. If you don’t fail, then you’ll succeed. If you don’t overcome your fears you’ll never know.
- “If hating is the worst way to exert your energy, love is the best way to use your energy. The more you give, the more you get. Be compassionate. Tell those you love that you love them.” – Love freely and unconditionally. Be open to giving and receiving love. Love yourself flaws and all! Be kind and compassionate. Give and it will come back to you!
- “For the love of all that’s good in this world, please never give up. If you care about something, or someone, no matter what happens, refuse to quit! Never give up, and seek motivation to fuel your drive. If anyone can do it, you can. Surround yourself with people and messaging that keep you going, and encourage you to never give up or lose hope.” – Always follow your dreams and keep a positive attitude. It is really difficult to stay positive all the time, that’s why good friends and family members can keep you focussed. Find a method to connect to your source and refuel when you need to. This may be praying, reciting affirmations, reading a religious book, positive quotes, meditation or anything you do to centre yourself.
- “At night our fear is strong…but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.” – Tomorrow is always another opportunity to do better, to be better and try again.
- “If you help someone in need you might also receive unexpected aid.” – It always feels good to give and help others. When you give, you bless them and the blessings will be returned to you.
- “I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it.” – Every mistake is an opportunity in disguise. You may not make the same mistake again or try another method to solve your problem. Don’t beat yourself up too much when you make a mistake. It shows that you are trying something. Never give up!
- “We live in a world of over 7-billion individuals. Each person is different. Each person on earth has something unique to offer the world. What’s your gift? What wonderful things do you have to offer? Don’t ever doubt for a second the power you have to make a difference.” – This is definitely my favourite Malala quote out of the ten I just listed, because she reminds us of how different we are and how our differences and talents can make a differences in our home, our community and the world. I hope I make a difference in children’s lives with my books and in yours with this blog.
What is your gift or special thing to offer? How do you use this? Which quote was your favourite? Let me know by commenting below!
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