Meet 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai. About six months ago, Malala was in a hospital recovering from a gun shot to the head. This girl has been target of the Taliban threats ever since she started advocating for a girl's basic right to education. You're probably thinking, she's lucky she's alive. Well, of course she is! But let's look at it this way: we're lucky she's still with us.
Even since her recovery, she has been become a global phenomenon, promoting pacifism and raising her voice for education rights. It's crazy to think that we're in the 21st century and countries are still struggling with equality and gender issues. To me, it's just common sense--we are all the same. Girls are equal to boys. Seems simple enough, right? It's when culture and old-fashioned ideas come into the picture, that things become hard to understand. On one side, there's the Taliban advocating erroneous religious beliefs and condemning Malala for going against such beliefs. Ironically, Malala is the one on the "right" side and the entire world knows it.
I've have been following her story since the beginning and I, like many other girls, have been inspired by her maturity, kindness and determination. Every time I feel overwhelmed or stressed out with life's problems, I remember Malala's story and other girls in her similar situation. Then, I realize how meek and insignificant my problems are next to hers. They are temporary issues that have always have a solution. Nothing to get worked up about.
Malala is simply fighting for the right to just sit in a classroom and learn for learning's sake . On the other hand, half of the teenagers at U.S. high schools do ANYTHING to skip school for a day. Or if they do go to school, they don't pay attention and sleep through class. I don't mean to be streotypocial, but sadly, it's true. The value of education here in Amrica has significantly dropped throughout the years.
Every time I read an article about her situation or her achievement, I get goosebumps. So now, I challenge all of you to learn a something from Malala.
Start now by checking out this interview of Malala with Jon Stewart's The Daily Show . Watch how she leaves Jon Stewart speechless with her answers!