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Women of Note: Women's History Month

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Mar. 24, 2015

As the saying goes, girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.” But what are women made of? More than that, I’d like to think. There are so many amazing women: those who inspire us day to day, and those who have left us with a legacy of inspiration.

For starters, when I picture an inspirational woman, she is more than nice. She is compassionate; she is generous. Mother Teresa is one of these individuals. She loved and cared for the sick, poor, addicts, outcasts: everyone that society doesn’t love enough. Another wonderful example is Audrey Hepburn. She is better known as an actress, but she spent the last portion of her life working with UNICEF, something of great importance to her. I love “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and other films Audrey’s starred in. However, I truly admire her for being more than an icon. Both she and Mother Teresa were good, genuine people. They have shown that kindness and compassion go a long way.                                     

Something I admire about women who inspire me is their strength. This doesn’t necessarily mean physical strength, but rather mental and emotional strength. Life isn’t always a cakewalk, and we need people who can show us how to deal with our low points. We need people to show us how to fight through them, and that they don’t last forever. When I think of this kind of strength, the first women that come to my mind are my closest friends, my un-biological sisters. Over the years, they’ve dealt with loss, bullying, depression, and anxiety, amongst other issues. There are a lot of people who would crumble under the weight of just one of these struggles. And when I look at my best friends, these incredibly strong women, I’m in awe. Because of them, I know there is nothing in life that can stop me. They’ve inspired me to be a fighter.

The people that inspire us aren’t perfect. They’re real human beings just like the rest of us.  They make mistakes, but they also own up to these mistakes. Mistakes are chances to grow and learn, and many of those who inspire take advantage of these opportunities. Demi Lovato is a great example. She had acting and singing careers on the rise when she had a breakdown, punching a back-up dancer while on tour in 2010. Her family intervened, convincing her to go into rehab to battle a number of issues, including self-harm and substance abuse. I think what’s incredible about Demi is how she admitted her mistakes and her struggles, and she actively worked to turn her life around. This month she celebrates being sober for three years. Not only has she helped herself, but she’s using her experiences to help others. She takes time during her concerts to talk to fans about getting help, and lets them know they’re not alone. It’s a brave and inspiring thing for someone to get up on a stage and tell thousands of people, night after night, that she’s had struggles and she’s made mistakes. But she’s still standing.

What is an inspirational woman made of? Compassion, strength, wisdom, bravery, love, and so much more. Inspirational women live in a way that sets an example for others, letting their actions speak volumes. They are ordinary people (even those in the limelight) with extraordinary character. It doesn’t matter how many people they inspire, or the magnitude of their inspiration; they’re making a difference. So take some time to appreciate the women who inspire you. What makes them special? What have you learned from them that can help you inspire others?

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