Who deserves more credit?

3 Jan

Who do I know that deserves more credit than they currently get? I have thought about this question, and in all honesty, nobody comes to mind. And when I say nobody, I mean the hordes of celebrities and so-called ‘personalities’, who we put on pedestals for their dazzling looks, glamorous lifestyles, bottom-less bank accounts, and…lets be honest, with most of them, not much else. Sure, some of these people have genuine talent, and yes, some of them can be inspiring to us, but how many of these people know hardship, know difficult times, know what it’s like to have their lives transformed by circumstances out of our control? Admittedly, there are many stories of the rich and famous ending up in rehab for self-induced alcohol and drug addiction, or sex-addiction, or those ever-pesky bankruptcy problems because they thought their supposedly bottom-less accounts really were, eh…bottom-less,  but we can hardly sympathise when they have the means and the opportunity to pull themselves out of their miserable little holes.

My point…and where I am going with this, is that I believe that the people who deserve more credit than they get, are the Average Joe’s of this world – people who have had all odds stacked against them, with little or no opportunity, but who have risen from the ashes, from the slums, from adversity, and made something of their lives. Ordinary folk with ordinary dreams who have made it happen for themselves and by themselves. Those who have had terrible misfortune fall upon them, whose lives could have been devastated by illness, accident, and tragedy, but who have made the choice to live their lives, be successful, live happy, and rise to the occasions that are their lives. These are the role-models we need more of in our society, the ones brave enough to take a stand, make a difference, and be counted. And even if the ending of their stories isn’t so happy-ever-after, there is much to be learnt from other’s experiences to inspire our own lives. There are many examples of such people, if we just care to rip our eyes off the weekly gossip mags, provocative music videos, and so-called ‘reality shows’.

One example of such a person whose story I found inspiring is of British writer Sarabjit Parmar, who is living with fascioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. This rare genetic disorder affects the muscles of the face and upper body, slowly weakening these muscles and rendering them useless. This in essence means that Sarabjit is unable to smile. Ever. But she has made the best out of what most would consider a bad situation – carving a career out for herself as a published writer, making friends, going out, and living her life to the fullest. Another woman I recently came across is Missy Jenkins. Missy Jenkins was the victim of a school shooting in Washington DC in 1997, which left her paralyzed and in a wheel-chair, where she will most likely have to use for the rest of her life. Despite this, she has moved forward with her life, which is now full of joy, peace, and meaning. She struggled to accept what had happened to her, but has had the strength to forgive her shooter, become a social worker, get married, and have a child.

There are many countless other examples of people such as these women, who in my eyes, do not receive enough credit or recognition for what they can bring to the human experience. By spreading the word about such people, perhaps by featuring them in magazines, blogging about them, buying their books – you might even know someone – a neighbor, a friend, a parent, a relative who we can learn from, support and appreciate – we are giving them the credit they are due for enriching our lives, and teaching us a thing or two.

To read more on Sarabjit Parma’s story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/28/muscular-dystrophy-disability-fshd

To read more on Missy Jenkins story: http://www.missyjenkins.com/

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5 Responses to “Who deserves more credit?”

  1. sarabjit January 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  2. sarabjit January 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Thank you for your kind words

  3. Miss K January 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    You’re welcome 🙂

  4. sarabjit May 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Perhaps you may want to follow my blog 🙂

    • Miss K May 23, 2011 at 12:49 am #

      Yes, I have signed up to follow! Congrats on starting one, I will definitely keep up with what you’re up to 🙂

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