We are publishing the first 'inspirational story' on the site
today. The first story is from Mathilde from France who talks about
watching Maria win Wimbledon and how it inspired her.
Here is the story:
I play tennis since I was 5, and I was 12 when I saw Maria win
Wimbledon on my TV.
I was totally impressed and I didn't say anything during maybe 10
And then, I looked at my parents and I said to them: "When I'll be
a grown-up, I want to be like her".
So my mother asked me "You want to be a tennis player?"
And I said, "No you don't understand anything of what she is, she
is not "a tennis player", it's not the predominant part of her! I
could be called "a tennis player" too if you go like this because I
play tennis too. I want to be like her because I want to fight to
achieve my goals, and I want to believe in me, because it's clearly
what works for her!"
My parents looked at me like if I was a Nobel prize, and since
that day, every time I have tough moments, they both remind me what
I said on that 3rd July of 2004.
And it works, because I don't want to disappoint the little
carefree girl I was at this time.
So in one way, Maria helped me in every obstacle I encountered in
my life, from little heartaches to my study competitions. And I
sure won't be where I am now if I hadn't had this little "life
So thanks, keep fighting, and you'll be back stronger than
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