I’m not easily moved to tears.
I don’t often cry at movies. I can easily detach my feelings when I’m watching the news.
But sometimes, I hear a strangers story so moving that I find myself with tears rolling down my face, as if it was happening to someone I love.
This morning was one of those times.
I had read about Katie Pipers HORRIFIC attack over the weekend, but as I watched her being interviewed by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby this morning, I was quite literally overcome with emotion.
Her story is shocking – but her strength is remarkable. To be able to talk so openly about the devastating rape and disfiguring attack is not only brave, but astonishing. She has been able, with support of the people who love her, to become strong again – to take what happened to her and transform her life, and hopefully help others.
For someone who’s life has been changed so dramatically – who will never be able to look in the mirror and see the same face again – she was able to speak with such quiet dignity, such bravery, that it quite literally brought tears to my eyes. She was able to watch her attackers actions and respond without anger or hatred – just sheer determination to get better, to use her energy for positive rather than negative.
I think she’s amazing.
People often ask me why I don’t hate the hit & run driver who changed my life – and my reasons are simple. I can’t afford to be angry anymore. When you are consumed by bitterness, twisted up with thoughts of revenge, your body is wasting the precious strength it needs to heal. By thinking positively – by understanding that you cannot change what happened – by realising that hating someone is only hurting you – you become a better person. I learnt a long time ago to be grateful that my injuries aren’t worse than they are, not be angry about the pain. I learnt to live my life by a simple but very powerful motto; “worse things happen to better people”. This really does strike home when I see what these evil people did to this stunning young woman.
I am not for a second comparing my accident to what happened to Katie Piper. I cannot imagine how hard her journey has been, and will continue to be. But I think we should all take inspiration from this incredibly brave, beautiful person and put our own problems into perspective.
Instead of using our energy to hate, we should live with peaceful hearts. If you are strong enough to plot revenge against someone who has “wronged” you, you are strong enough to try and help someone else instead.
If every day we just took a look around us and realised how lucky we are to be here…if we all had a bit more gratitude for what we are lucky enough to have…we may act a little nicer, be a little calmer, become a little better.
This world really could do with us all being a little bit better, don’t you think?