Many people whine and complain at the simplest, sometimes, even trivial concerns, not realizing how blessed they are to have grown up with with not only the necessities of life, but also with the added pleasures that make life nice.
If those people grew up in a difficult situation, they might have given up on life a long time ago. But not Kara Marie Harper, a senior high school student from Savannah Arts Academy in Georgia.
Kara was born with a rare hand anomaly which has caused her anxiety and insecurity. However, she realized that this handicap is not a hindrance to achieving her goals. She has been making waves ever since.
Kara is slowly making her dreams into reality with her persistence and dedication, influencing a lot of young people along the way. Her efforts didn’t escape her mentors in school and at work, and when a wonderful opportunity came up from Great Youth, Inc., she was nominated to become a recipient of a $250 scholarship. Indeed, Kara embodies the characteristics of a good leader, mentor and a role model, earning the approval and respect of Great Youth, Inc. to become one of its esteemed scholars.
Kara said her experiences in life shaped her character and strengthened her desire to succeed. She adds:
“[It’s] the people we meet along our journey, the leaders, mentors, and role models that instill confidence when we seem unable to believe in our own abilities.”
This inspiration given to her by these people pushed her to fulfill her goals: To help young people with special needs.
“I have focused much of my volunteer work on children with disabilities because I know what a difficult journey growing up ‘different’ can be.”
Kara has volunteered for years assisting with Special Olympics fundraisers, chaperoning for Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine special needs prom, as well at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk, and as a Ronald McDonald House Yellow Shoe Crew.
She said volunteering in these organizations made her feel that in some small way, her efforts
“are making a difficult time in these families lives a little more tolerable while showing those around [her] the importance of giving to others when someone is in need.”
“By giving freely of ourselves, we all have the ability to make an impact in the lives of others.”
Truly, one’s triumph in life depends on how he or she wants to pursue the path to success.