Fifteen years ago today, my family gathered around the television for a breaking news story: Diana, Princess of Wales had been in a car accident in Paris. I was 12 and not at all interested in the Royal Family, but we were glued to the news channel. My mom stayed up well into the night watching the coverage and when the announcement was made that the princess had died, she took it especially hard because she was only one year older than Diana and I was one year younger than Prince Harry.
The world mourned the death of the People’s Princess. Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace to pay their respects by leaving photos, bouquets, and fallen tears along the gates. At the time, I didn’t get why everyone was so upset. Yes, a young mother had died in a horrific way, but it’s not like any of these people actually knew her.
I understand now.
It wasn’t that people were saddened by the loss of Diana the Princess; they were saddened by the loss of Diana the Influence. Despite the obsession with her love affairs and rumored manipulative personality, Diana brought hope to the world. During her marriage and even after her divorce, she devoted her life to helping the world’s unfortunate, while being a loving mother to two young boys. She brought a face to patients suffering from leprosy and AIDS and famously walked an Angolan minefield wearing a ballistic helmet and flak jacket.
Diana was an inspiration. Her daughter-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is also making her mark on the world.
When Kate Middleton married her beloved Prince William, I became a Royal enthusiast. I follow Kate’s every move and am completely in awe by the grace and compassion that seems to come so easily to her. Like Diana, she has become a fashion icon and is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world. But there’s so much more to her than that. It’s true, I do not know her personally, but I feel as if we could be friends. Kate displays warmth wherever she goes and there is nothing that seems phony about the future king’s wife. Her charitable work since she married William inspired me to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I want to do more for this world because I see what she is doing for the world.
Royals and celebrities are not the only inspirational people out there. I have encountered so many wonderful people through blogging and they inspire me each day to keep going.
So, you can imagine my surprise and delight when I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Laura over at Not So Skinny Genes.
With any of these blogging awards, the recipient is supposed to come with a list of interesting factoids about themself. I am going to refrain from that this time because, with this particular award, I don’t feel this is truly about me; it’s about my readers. I can only hope that something I write inspires something in someone else. It’s definitely not a goal of mine, but gosh darn it does it feel good when it happens.
I would like to award the following bloggers with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
- Mother Sugar: These ladies are phenomenal. Their relatable posts keep me coming back for more.
- My Fixations: My girl Liz posts home improvement projects and recipes that I always want to try.
- Trying to Be Conscious: The lovely Cécile is not afraid to follow her heart and that is inspiration enough.
A big thank you to Laura for the nomination! I hope you know that you inspire me as well.
I hope everyone has a fantastic and inspiring weekend and if you haven’t entered the back-to-school giveaway, you have until Sunday. If you’d like an additional entry ticket, name one person who inspires you in the comments below.
Because who doesn’t like a little extra luck?