Don’t be a sissy!

If you are scared of taking a risk, if you give up before you start, if you think that it’s not worth the fight, if you back down out of fear and slip back into your comfortable life instead of pursuing your dreams, then I invite you to spend a few minutes to read about Malala Yousafzai.

Malala is a 14-year old girl in Pakistan who has been campaigning and fighting for girls’ rights to go to school and receive education. She does this in a part of Pakistan where the Taliban have banned girls from attending school. Malala started her activism when she was 11.

She has been threatened by the Taliban, but she decided to carry on, to go to school every day, to inspire other girls to do the same and to publicly speak out for women’s rights in a society in which this is dangerous. Very dangerous, as it should turn out.

Two days ago, Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman while she was on the way to school. She is currently in hospital, fighting for her life. (UPDATE: She survived.)

Watch this interview with Malala from last year to feel her contagious energy and spirit and conviction:

Now whenever you face a tough decision, remember this girl and ask yourself: Do you want to be less brave than a 14-year old girl?

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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6 Responses to Don’t be a sissy!

  1. thanks for sharing this, I didn’t know about this girl and her campaign… I hope she will recover and her brave action will recieve more public awareness.

  2. The only cowards in this piece are the gunmen who shot her.

  3. Very sad, very powerful. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Bravery in the midst of cowards. Whodathunkit?

  5. Nice post.Its the story of this girl that really makes me realize how someone’s passion and spirit can make them stand up for things they believe in…and how such people never think about the risks involved because their aim is to work for a motive bigger than their own lives…
    Thanks for reading my take on Malala and her story and thanks for the comment.

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