I've been thinking about what inspires me recently, and usually it tends to be certain people. And so I thought I would share with you what they've taught me or helped me with.
In terms of female role models, Angelina Jolie is really up there for me. I think she is a very graceful, elegant woman, and yet not at all one who would be pushed around. She is strong, and she is her own person, and she is someone who I aspire to be like. She juggles many projects, involving acting, charity work and more, along with her family, and she does it so flawlessly. She's so accepting of everyone, and I think she is incredible. Angelina inspires me to be strong, and to not care what people say of me, but to focus on what I say of myself. I recently did a little post on Angelina which you can find here.
I find quite a lot of inspiration within books, and thus, it's the authors who write them that inspire me. Certain phrases often catch my eye and really make me think about what they're saying; a few phrases have the power to make me actually feel something, and create some sort of connection between their words and my life. And in a lot of cases, there's a stand out quote that makes me aspire to something greater. A few of these are:
'Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' - To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
'It is so hard to leave - until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.' - Paper Towns, John Green
'Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.' - 1984, George Orwell.
'She always wanted to believe in things.' - Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro.
'But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.' - The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera.
My parents are wonderful. At times, of course, we don't always see eye to eye, but at the end of the day, they will support my decisions, and they will never allow my fears to stop me from doing something I really want to do. But at the same time, they've never pushed me too far (I won't let them, to be honest), and if I'm certain that I don't want to do something, they respect it. My mum is one of the kindest women I have ever known, and I feel so privileged to call her Mum (although most of the time I do usually just call her Ann). She has made a lot of stuff happen for me, either by encouraging me or by holding my hand along the way. I don't think I'd have left home if it wasn't for her knowing I'd be perfectly fine on my own. And my dad has this incredible, unbelievable faith in me, that I cannot even begin to explain, because I don't altogether understand it. He thinks I can do anything, and believes I will do all kinds of great things (he's never actually told me this, but he's told Mum, who's told me); and although we aren't as close as some, I know that he's always got my back, and I've got his. I got pretty lucky with the parents I have. They believe in me so much that I kind of believe in me too sometimes.
My great aunt is a very kind lady, who offers a lot to me. She trusts that my hard work will take me to all sorts of wonderful places, and therefore she only inspires me to work harder, and to put my heart and soul into what I'm doing. Because otherwise, what's it really worth? If you don't give everything your all, then what if you could've gone further, or done better? I don't want to have any regrets caused by not trying hard enough. And she inspires me to keep on trying, no matter what.
Last but definitely not least, my A Level media teacher, Mr Chatora, was a blessing. I had never studied any form of media before A Level, and so I kind of went in blind, but he was constantly supportive and always offering extra resources to help. He was by far the most encouraging teacher I have ever had, so much so that I actually believed I could do what I was doing for once. And I ended up with an A*, so clearly his guidance not just helped me, but inspired me to push just that bit further, and do better than I ever could've imagined I was capable of.
Who inspires you? Is it the words of family members or friends, or perhaps people a little bit further afield?
Until next time.
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