I had the fortune of seeing two soul-stirring movies this week. First one was Invictus, a 2009 movie on the legendary Nelson Mandela directed by Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon among many. The plot is: “Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.”
That was followed by another awe-inspiring documentary “He named me Malala” directed by Davis Guggenheim, on the young Ms. Malala Yousafzai, an activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is 18 now, five good years younger than me. My dear younger sister, I’d happily say. But she has already shown the world, age is just a number. What the documentary is about- “He Named Me Malala is a 2015 documentary based on the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai. It recounts the events of Malala, from being shot by the Taliban for pursuing an education to her miraculous recovery.”
While watching these two movies inspired from real lives, some dialogues motivated me, some statements made me realize everything happening around me that I normally ignore but I shouldn’t have, some pieces of information forced me to write this blog and share the same with my readers.
- The statement from Invictus that uplifts self-belief: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul“.
- Malala’s brilliant modesty in display at an interview:
Interviewer: What would you have done if you had been a normal girl?
Malala: I am still a normal girl, but if I had had a normal father and mother I’d have had two children by now. You’d see Malala sitting with her two babies now with me.
- I sensed true love and affection when Malala’s dad had to share this about his wife: when I saw her (Malala’s mother) for the first time, she was very fair. I was dark and not beautiful in my eyes. I had not beauty and she had not education. She saw her completion in me and I saw my completion in her.
- This line taught me the seductive power of an ordinary vocabulary. Malala on Talibans:
“They were not about faith, they were about power.”
- Malala’s dad used to stammer while speaking. Malala on her dad’s stammering while giving speeches:
“When he speaks he stammers. But he never stops, even if he takes one minute, he still utters the word. He can easily leave that word and go for alternatives but he doesn’t.” I learned never to give up!
- Malala’s dad on his stammering: I stammered a lot. My father was a speaker and once I asked him to prepare a speech for me and he said “you stutter and speak one sentence in a minute. You cant speak in public”. Then I got a chance from him to give a speech. When I ended successfully, one of my teachers came and applauded, “you spread the fire”. I got encouraged. I didn’t keep silent, I spoke. Because THIS IS ME. BECAUSE, THIS IS ME.
- The last one, from Malala’s speech after she recovered from the grievous bullet injury to her head:
can change the world!
I am so happy and satisfied to share this with you to reiterate the facts that ONLY CHANGE IS PERMANENT and NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. Stay motivated and share this fire in you with everyone you meet. Make the world a better place to live in.
I thank everyone for reading this blog of mine. Cheers.