Sky is the Limit !
If I had to choose a person who I admire very much, that person would be Liz Murray, whose book called ÒBreaking NightÓ, which is about her own life, I read some time ago and believe me, it was astonishing! She is an actual example of personal development and there are a few stories like hers. Actually, Murray is a 35 years old American woman; she is a psychologist, writer and inspirational speaker.
Murray´s beginnings werenÕt easy. Liz was born in the Bronx (New York) in a poor family formed by her drug-addicted parents and her older sister Lisa Murray. Because of that, she hadnÕt got a good childhood. However, Liz says openly how much she loved her parents and how much they loved her, but their drug addiction spoilt their situation.
At the age of 15, her mother died of AIDS, her father would later die of AIDS, too. So, she became a homeless girl. Even so, when her mother died she realised what she wanted for her life. As a result of this, she made a decision: she would take a high school education and would try to get the best marks she could. The fruits of her work arrived soon, since at the age of 17 she began to study and completed her high school education in only 2 years. At this time she could get a scholarship from the New York Times, which made possible her admission in one of the best universities in the world: Harvard University. So, she was able to study psychology at Harvard.
In addition to this, Liz Murray could stabilise the relation with her older sister, what became in a good relation between two sisters who have lived not an easy life. Her sister Lisa Murray is now a school teacher for children with autism.
On the other hand, Murray is also an example of humility and honesty, since she doesnÕt want to fool anyone because of her actual appearance, she knows perfectly where she have come from and is not ashamed of it.
Liz has shown to the whole world that whoever you are and whatever had happened in your life, you can do great things if you work and struggle to get your goals. Murray never used as an excuse her hard childhood, never. She was awake about this and said that our past is useful to realise what we have done and what we want to do. The ingredients to achieve our goals simply are work and effort. She was strong enough to change her life and if she could, everybody can.
Sky is the limit.
Daniella Avero Hern‡ndez (16)
Student at Colegio Casa Azul (Tenerife)