I Am Malala [Taliban Survivor] P77

Post Length: 3 min

In Review: I Am Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Length: 9 hrs 55 min

Reco: way [5/5 bananas]

Ouch … Stephen grabbed his chest after I punched him.  I have a bad heart …

I got scared that he was seriously hurt … until he started laughing.  Funny guy.

Stephen was a jokester, always laughing.  He was the shortest of the 3th graders, but skipped an unbelievable three monkey bars to the standard two.

Sadly, he did have a heart condition, and that summer died from heart failure.  I thought it was because I punched him when we were playing months before, but my buddy told me that’s not why.

Life went on, and school never stopped working.  Tragedy in America is when we lose a buddy, or have mass shootings, but it is never about being shut out of school.  That is what Malala and millions of girls face around the world.

In I Am Malala, she shares the beauty of the mountains where she was raised before the Taliban showed up.  Once there, they closed down her school, saying girls cannot get an education.  They are to look after the men and children, taking care of the home.  Malala disagrees, and this is her story.

“The Taliban can take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking.” – Malala

The Taliban took over cities, making their way to Swat, Malala’s mountain region.  During one stretch, Osama Bin Ladin had taken refuge there.

Malala’s father ran an all girls school, but they shut it down.  When they fled the violence, she would think of her books and uniform in her closet and how she missed them.

She was always vocal about girls being able to learn.  With so many schools being shut down, the BBC did a series with her on education under the taliban.  Because of that, she became a target.  Stopping her on a bus one day, a gunman asked for Malala.  He fired three rounds, and one found her head.  The gunman fled.  Malala was left in critical condition.

Through good fate, she ended up in England for surgeries and rehab where she made a full recovery.  What was meant for harm became gasoline to her fire.  Now the world would hear her message.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

As the youngest recipient of a Nobel Prize, she has inspired more than just girls to fight for a right to education.  Her fund is reaching far beyond her mountain region …

Think global, act local. 

Malala has committed her life to what she values most.  The bullet was validation of that.

We can do more than just endure hard things, we can move nations to change.  The hardships, persecution, hatred, all of it is showing us where the fight lays.

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Victor Frankl

If you are struggling to find meaning and purpose, spend more time listening to what moves you emotionally.  Tune out of media and marketing, and start to find the reason you are on this planet.

Love, Ando

Ando McCall