“About 9 years ago I had a car accident. Somehow, my husband fell asleep, and the car fell in the ditch,” states Muniba Mazari, an inspirational speaker from Pakistan.
Muniba was married at 18 years old. She didn’t want to get married but she said yes to make her father happy. She belonged to a very conservative, Pakistani family, where she was expected to appease her father’s every wish. It was never a happy marriage. In fact, it ended not long after the car accident.
Muniba goes on to explain the day of the wreck, where she lost the use of her legs. “He managed to jump out, saved himself...I’m happy for him. I stayed inside the car and sustained a lot of injuries—the list is a bit long.”
After her accident, she spent many months in the hospital. The road to recovery was hard and long. Along with losing the use of her legs, the doctors told her she would never be able to paint again.
“Those two and a half months in the hospital were dreadful. I was at the verge of despair. One day the doctor came to me and said, ‘Well I heard you wanted to be an artist, but you ended up being a housewife. Well I have bad news for you—you'll not be able to paint again.’”
Most people would have taken these doctor’s words as law. Not Muniba. The next day she asked her brothers to bring her her painting supplies, and for the first time, she was recognized as an artist.
Many people noticed her art for all the colors, however, there was an extreme amount of sadness behind them. “Little did they know the grief behind them,” states Muniba.
Not too long after the first set of bad news, Muniba was told by the doctor she would never birth a child. “The next day the doctor came to me and said, ‘Because of your spine injury, and the fixation that you have in your back, you won’t be able to give birth to a child again.’”
Because she was recently divorced, this made the situation even harder. She still knew she wanted kids, however, so she got on a local Pakistani adoption list. Two years later, after faithfully waiting, she got the call that her baby boy was born. Today he is 6 years old and healthy as ever.
A few days after the other dreadful news, she received yet another blow. “Next day the doctor came to me and said, ‘Your spine injury is so bad, you won’t be able to walk again.”
And while Muniba will always remain in a wheelchair, unable to walk, she never let it stop her from reaching for the stars! Since her injuries, she has become a National UN ambassador—speaking up for Pakistani women and children’s rights, a model, a news anchor, a professional painter. and an international speaker. She even made it on the 2016 “Forbes 30 Under 30” list (to name a few).
To check out her full story and inspirational message, you can watch the video below:
What do you think of Muniba and her story? Isn’t her outlook on life’s challenges inspiring?
In other news, you have to read this 14-year old’s poem backwards! Your jaw will drop!