This is a little different to what I’d normally write, it’s going to be positive and mention the people who have inspired me to be the person I am today. It is mainly made-up of people I know, however, there are a few celebrities in here too. They aren’t in any particular order as all of this people have inspired me in equal amounts but in different ways.
Time to Change Young Champions
This group of young people (of which I am a part of) are a very inspirational bunch, they have all faced mental health issues, and other issues that life has thrown at them, and have survived. They constantly battle their own demons whilst trying to help others. A few of these young champions have become my good friends, I don’t know what I would do without Jodie and Rachel and their online and offline love and support. But all of these young champions are an amazing support network who work so hard to destroy the stigma and discrimination that is experienced by those with mental health issues.
I said some of these would be people I haven’t met and unfortunately Caitlin is on that list. The way she stands up for women and what she feels is right is so inspirational, especially in a day and age where people are telling us we don’t need feminism anymore. She made me realise how important feminism is and has inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and shout it from the rooftops. Plus, she is also just flipping hilarious!
Joss- Time to Change
Joss is the involvement officer for the young champions at TTC. Having heard her own personal story, I can honestly tell you she is inspirational. She is so supportive of all the young champions and goes above and beyond to make sure we are okay, and are getting what we need. She is honestly one of these women who I would be happy to grow up to be like (not that I’m that much younger) but still. An amazing and inspiring women who is so committed to the work she does and all of the young champions.
Wayne- Stonewall/R U Coming out
I first met Wayne and a few years ago when I was on the stonewall young campaigner programme. He was so enthusiastic about what he was doing and he is still is now, not much has changed. His openness and honesty is inspirational. He is such a lovely person and so supportive of the young people he works with. He has such a passion for what he does and that is definitely something I admire. His commitment to the LGBT+ community is amazing, and so is his kindness.
Another person I (sadly) haven’t met. But again another great person. Her work around sexual education through YouTube is just brilliant as someone who didn’t have barely any sexual education at school, I can assure you I would have loved to have known about Hannah Witton at the time. She has inspired me to make sure that other young people don’t have the experience that I had and has helped me find ways that I can educate them without scaring them away. She is also a feminist icon, who helps support the LGBT+ community.
I feel like I speak about this man quite a lot, that is purely because he has had such an impact on my life. Alan was one of my teachers, now my friend, who supported me through school during the depths of my mental illness. But the reason I find him most inspiring is not about this, it is about his resilience and perseverance. Without going in to detail he had some rough times and worked so hard to get through them. He also couldn’t have children but he and his wife carried on trying, until eventually, they decided to adopt. He could have given up, but didn’t. His resilience is inspiring to me.