Have you ever heard the saying “When life throws you lemons, make lemonade”? Well, it might certainly be one of the most over-quoted statements of all time.

Surely, we might know what it means, many of us work exceptionally hard when faced with adversity, but not everyone chooses to solemnly live by these words when they are pushed to extremes.

Muniba Mazari on the other hand; might just be one of those extremely exceptional people.

When the world first heard Muniba Mazari, speak on YouTube, you might have probably heard a pin drop silence of the audience holding their breath. The pain of her experiences was audible in her voice, sending shivers down our spines.

At the age of 21, at the very prime of her life, Muniba experienced a tragic car accident that paralysed her lower limbs. Told by her doctors that she would never bear a child, she found herself at her wit’s end.

She describes her pain, “I was devastated. I started to question my existence, why am I even alive?”

Yet, in her despair whilst injured she found strength in pursuing her greatest passion, painting.

“My very first painting was on my deathbed”, she exclaimed.

Today Muniba is a renowned international motivational speaker, TV anchor, artist. Her inspirational strength of character and determination has earned her the laurel of Pakistan’s first female goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

Exemplifying how the impossible can be overcome, she found her own way to accomplish numerous goals which she set out to achieve, despite her obstacles.

Today, she is a proud mother of an adopted son. Her inspiring strength and determination have made her a world-renowned role model being recognise as one of BBC’s “100 Most Inspirational Women in 2015”, and featured in Forbes ’30 under 30’, Muniba Mazari is certainly a powerhouse of inspiration!

Indeed, there may come a time in our lives where the difficulties can overshadow all of our future hopes.

However, Muniba says, “This life is a test and trial, and tests are never supposed to be easy.”

“I decided to fight my fears”, she cried, “because real happiness lies in gratitude.”

So what does it take to make the best lemonade you’ve ever tasted? I propose, it is the freedom to learn from inspiring individuals like Muniba Mazari, that find strength in the face of adversity to build a life they are proud of.

Ultimately, with Allah’s guidance, we all deserve to taste our very own delicious version of a citrus concoction; and its sweetness is one decided by our very own making.