5 Inspiring Stories
Through school, TedTalks, and just learning about the backstories and childhoods of some well-known celebrities, you can learn a lot for yourself. This is a short list of people who come to mind that I feel would make a greater impact on many people’s lives if their stories were more public.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)
This woman has also been featured in my Women who have Affected Who I am article. If you haven’t heard of this amazing individual already than I’d like to highlight that she is the youngest woman to ever serve as a congresswoman. She is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th District. I find her story inspiring because she has always pushed justice for racial, economic, and environmental issues. These are pressing issues these days, and I like to see someone speaking for and advocating proactive action to respond to these issues. Going from a secretary in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office to becoming a Congresswoman who represents her community is a jaw-dropping achievement, all in the course of 10 years.
Author of her personal memoir “The Glass Castle”, which was featured on a banned books list in 2012 in multiple different school districts, this woman’s life is a perfect example of not letting your family keep you from achieving comfort and success. If you haven’t read the book, I suggest you think about buying a copy. Her life as described in those chapters brought me to tears as she described her family situation and how she grew out of it. She persevered and worked hard to become a successful author who was brave enough to tell her story. Rolling through the situations she faced as a child was tantamount to sandpaper on a gemstone, as through those events she grew into an incredible shining woman who learned from her family’s actions.
Author of the personal memoir “A Child Called ‘It’”, this man recorded in this book the mental and physical abuse he endured throughout his childhood. His story was so captivating; I ended up finishing the book in one sitting. If you have not read this book, I do suggest you take the time to observe this author’s recollections. His story is eye-opening and quickly pulled me to tears as I read through the abuse he struggled through. Coming out of it, he became an amazing adult, successful author, and even carried the 1996 Olympic torch. He has published ten successful books, all documenting his life and his lessons learned.
Author of the memoir “Night” which details his experiences as a Romanian during the Holocaust. The memoir moves from which camps he was sent to (including Auschwitz and Buchenwald), to how he survived, to what he experienced. This is an extremely humbling life redeemed in writing, and I choose not to get mad or frustrated with as many things in my day because of what my life could have been. He authored 57 books, written in either English or French, worked as a professor, and worked as a Political Activist. His words impacted my views and perceptions, and I will never forget the impact he has had on my life.
Terrence Allen Crews
Well known as Terry Crews, the American actor and talk-show host has persevered through many difficulties and has come to be an amazing person due to these experiences. Besides being an actor, he was also a professional Football player and a professional bodybuilder. He successfully overcame his addiction to pornography, which saved his marriage. He was also named a Silence Breaker in the Times Person of the Year award in 2017 amidst the sexual assault revelations. He himself a victim of sexual assault spoke up about his experience and helped many other men and women who faced sexual assault speak up about their experience.
I’ll be posting another 5 stories later this month, but for now I hope these people are seen, understood, and appreciated for their work and resilience.
I hope you all have an amazing day!