Lately, I haven’t felt super inspired. I keep thinking that I need to do more, and that I need to start getting my life together (or at least solidified), but I keep thinking about how I feel like I’m lacking the inspiration to do all the things I want to do. Sometimes if I have a bunch of things on my to-do list, I have trouble finding a starting point, so then I end up just going around attempting to accomplish something, yet accomplishing nothing. So, I wanted to do a post dedicated to the five most inspirational women in my life. Throughout my life, I found characteristics, traits, and beliefs in five different women that I really admire, and whom I think are inspiring.
First, Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls is the girl who got me through high school. When I first discovered Gilmore Girls in 2007, I immediately loved Rory as a character because I could relate to her best-friend relationship with her mom, her love of reading, and her disinterest in going out and getting crazy on Friday nights. Rory is inspirational because she is rather unaffected by social pressures. She also sported a t-shirt that read, “Reading is sexy,” so there’s that. Rory is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, and she is woman who knows what she wants, and will do what it takes to get it. There have been complaints that she is simply too perfect, but I think we see her mistakes when she goes against who she is to drop out of Yale, when she dates Jess, and when she decides not to marry Logan (okay, that’s a personal opinion, but ya know…) Rory is a great friend, she is funny, she is quirky, and she is happy being herself. She doesn’t care about the petty everyday dramas of high school, and she respects family more than anything, which I think is really important. I love Rory, and if you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls you should.
Second, Audrey Hepburn because Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a phenomenal film, and Audrey Hepburn is a beautiful being. My room at home is inspired by Blair Waldorf (who I will be covering soon), and I have a giant poster of Audrey Hepburn on the wall. She is classy, and she chased her dreams, and she tried to make a difference. I think there is a lot to be said about women who have elegance, and she definitely has elegance. A lot of it. Beautiful women aren’t very beautiful if they are bad people, and I think Audrey Hepburn highlights the importance of being a beautiful woman on the inside and outside.
Third, Hermione Granger was my inspirational woman through most of my childhood. I think any girl who is bookish, or intelligent, can identify with Hermione. Hermione is active, she investigates things she does not understand, she is loyal, and she is caring. I think each of these traits represents strong characteristics in women, and they are characteristics that are sometimes uncommon. Women seem to be preoccupied with making other women approve of them, and feeling accepted, but I think Hermione reminds us that it’s okay to be ourselves, even if that means that not everyone is going to love us. She also proves that women can be the smartest person in the room, and that we can get things done when no one else can!
My fourth woman created Hermione, dreamt her up, made her real, and made girls around the world feel like they could be tough, and brave, and loyal, and themselves. Any guesses? If you guessed J.K. Rowling you guessed correctly. Here we have a woman who was struggling immensely, who made something of herself, who remained true to herself, and who created one of the most popular book series in the world. I would say that’s pretty inspiring. As a person who love writing, and who’s written since I was little, I find J.K. Rowling so inspirational. When I used to start stories, I would always wonder how she got to be so popular, and how to she was blessed with such a beautiful imagination. I think the accomplishment of writing the Harry Potter series makes J.K. such an accomplished human, and she I know that a lot of different women find her to be a truly inspiring individual.
My fifth option is inspiring to me for reasons that are a little different than my reasons for finding the other four women inspiring. When Gossip Girl originally started, I was a Serena fan 100%, but as I watched more episodes, I quickly converted to a Blair fan. Blair is ruthless, she is driven, and she is a horribly good friend when she actually cares about you. Take her friendship with Serena, for example. Despite the fact that Serena slept with her boyfriend, Blair still manages to forgive her and be her best friend whenever Serena needs her. I find her ability to forgive inspiring. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do in this world, and Blair somehow manages to forgive so many people. She is also always dressed flawlessly, she is always fierce, and demands respect from her peers. For these reasons, I find her inspiring.
My five women may not be your five women on your list of “most inspiring,” but I’d love to hear who you find inspiring! We all find inspiration in different places, and I think our lists reflect the things about ourselves we wish were just slightly more prominent.