COLLEGE: University of Pittsburgh
My friends with older sisters tell tales of assisting late-night escapes and getting contraband gifts of makeup and illicit stories of boyfriends. My older sister, Catherine, will never sneak out of the house and will never have a boyfriend.
Catherine is 23 years old and severely disabled. Cerebral palsy confines her to a wheelchair, gnarls her hands and weighs on her internal organs. Brain damage, with her from birth, keeps her from speaking. And yet Catherine is an inspiring person.
Everyone who meets her loves her. Catherine is quick to smile and eager to interact. Her cheery giggle is contagious. But how often in a day does the average American think of people such as Catherine? As a society, we forget about the people who need our help, the people we should remember most: the disabled, the poor, the sick and the suffering. I don’t know if I would notice our societal forgetfulness if not for my older sister Catherine.
Every day, I can make small choices about what to buy, who to vote for or how I spend my free time. As one person, acting alone, I likely will not fix the problems of the entire world. But in order to accomplish anything, we must adopt conscientious lifestyles. If I work to spread conscientiousness, we can become a body of people, working for positive change.
Catherine is my inspiration, not just as a person and my sister, but as an example. Through the conscientiousness of others, she has a happy life. Others donate their money and time to support Catherine and her peers, showing that every person has in them the capacity to work for the common good. Even if the work we do today is only remembering those in need, those who we forget, we have accomplished.