“I could not find a hero in my life so I became one” — Muniba Mazari
Muniba Mazari is widely pouplar and famous as the Iron Lady of Pakistan. Her story completely justifies the glorious title she has got. Muniba,28 is a Pakistani artist, model, activist, motivational speaker and television host. She has also been appointed as United Nation’s first Woman Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan. Her strong motivational speech delivered in November 2014 at a TEDx event in Islamabad made her inspiring life story known to the world. In her words,
“In this perfect world made up of imperfect people, we constantly try to be that perfect person for someone. We pursue to play multiple roles of a perfect wife, a perfect daughter-in-law and so on. But, life has other plans for us.”
At the young age of 21 years, Muniba’s life took an ugly turn, which she changed her life forever.
Muniba Mazari was born and brought up in a conservative family. At the young age of 18 her parents got her married. It was never a happy marriage for her. But the more tragedy was soon to follow. It was a horrific car accident about 9 years ago which turned Mazari’s life upside down. Her husband somehow jumped off the car but Muniba remained trapped inside. The car eventually fell into the ditch. Her right arm, wrist, shoulder bone and collar bone were fractured. Her complete rib cage was fractured.The crucial spine injury made her life bound to a wheelchair. The doctors were not very optimistic.But Mubina tried to remain positive and move on. The doctors told her that she would never be able to give birth to a child. She questioned her existence “Why am I even alive”?
Her love for painting kept her alive. Mazari always wanted to become an artist but due to early marriage she could not pursue her passion. Her brothers brought her a small canvas and some colors. The first painting she made was “On my death bed”. It made her express herself without even speaking a single word. People liked it, but they couldn’t see the grief behind it. She decided to fight her fears one at a time. She wrote down all her fears on a paper. In her words,
“…that day I decided that I’m going to live life for myself. I am not going to be that perfect person for someone. I am just going to take this moment and I will make it perfect for myself, that I’m going to fight my fears.”
Her greatest fear was getting divorced. So she made herself emotionally strong and divorced her husband. Her second fear was that she would never be able to be a mother. She saw that there are so many children in this world who need acceptance. So she adopted a baby boy.
Today, MubinaMazari is a famous artist, a single mother to an adopted boy. She has been named in the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list of top promising youth icons in various fields around the world. She’s also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and children.
Her message to the world on behalf of disabled people is commendable!
“before you ‘dis’ our ability, always remember that a person who is differently abled only needs your empathy, not your sympathy!