Women in Saudi Arabia are celebrating the news that they will be able to drive, bringing the country in line with the rest of the world and allowing women greater individual freedom, autonomy and ability to work. Saudi’s King Salman has issued a royal decree, and the policy will go into effect in June 2018.
As reported by CNN, the current ban means that women have to arrange for- and often pay-a driver for vehicle transportation. Besides being a major hassle, this takes up a large amount of money that they could otherwise spend on their children’s health or education. As one Saudi woman said, “I live in a country that I can’t explore. I’ve always wanted to explore the kingdom’s coasts… I can’t take someone I don’t know to drive me to these places and my brothers are too busy to take me on long trips.”
Under the new policy, she hopes that “life will be faster,” more spontaneous and more adventurous. One campaigner for the change has said: “Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop.”
Photo tweeted on Tuesday by Manal al-Sharif, one of the women behind the Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia. In 2011, she was jailed and received death threats for posting a video of herself driving.
“When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America’s Got Talent, the first thing you notice is her voice. Look down at her feet, though, and you might also notice she’s not wearing shoes.” So begins an article this week from NPR.
Mandy Harvey sings using the perfect pitch she was born with and the feel of the vibration from the drums and the bass that she feels through the floor. In college, she completely lost all hearing in both ears, but working with her dad she found that she could still feel the music and sing.
The results are Flawless. Beautiful. Stunning. An amazing example of the the way that the human mind is able to overcome biology and environment and how life so often finds a way to meet its fullest potential.
Inspirational Message: If there is something holding you back from meeting your fullest potential, think of creative ways to move past it and transcend your perceived limitations.