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Removing My Hijab: Part 1.


I have always believed in God and sometimes it has been the only constant in my life. When we are young, we are taught about morality and justice, about chivalry and malice, but it is only when we experience it for ourselves that it becomes real. 

We have to break the rules to learn to follow them. Sometimes we have to try things out to discover that they are not for us.

When you fall into a ditch, the only thing that runs through your mind is finding a way out. You are trapped in darkness and it soon becomes all that you can see. In this scenario, you hold on to the first hand that attempts to pull you out because you just want to be rescued; everything is about finding an escape. Getting out. Seeing light. Living again. In my case, the first hand that pulled me out wasn’t a means of salvation, it caused me to fall back in deeper.
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Make-up and Insecurity.


Make-up is not about vanity or narcissism; it is about masquerading insecurity and enhancing confidence.

I have dark hyperpigmentation underneath both of my eyes; a build up of melanin under the skin. This is common amongst Asian skin tones and many experience this around the sides of the mouth. My hyperpigmentation is not caused by a lack of sleep or a bad diet; it is something that I have no control over. They are not dark circles. I have spent years attempting to reduce their appearance, but they are two permanent rings that both circle and cover my eye area. I also have deep-set eyes which are positioned deeper into the skull, causing the brow bone to appear more prominent. The combination of hyperpigmentation and deep-set eyes causes my eyes to appear bruised, almost as if they are sinking into my face.
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Home by Warsan Shire.


This breaks my heart into pieces every time.
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Branches of The Same Old Tree.


It's amazing how much changes, even when we think it's all the same. It's only when you put everything together that you notice the evolution of self.

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The Insecurities of a Human.


Putting words onto paper makes them feel final; spoken words are transient. By writing things down, we preserve them; we give them meaning and truth. Words visualise our thoughts, bringing them to life; a form of animation. We can see just how profound or ludicrous the insides of our minds can be. Writing is a form of systemising and liberating thoughts. Sometimes we need to write our deepest secrets onto paper, to share them and be rid of them.
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The Art of Remembering.

Our memories distort people.

We only extract fragments that we want to remember, whether that is through solely recalling trauma or repressing the negative occurrences. We don’t remember people as they were. We recall them in the way that we want to see them, even when they change. 

However, people do not live and exist as the tangible characters in our memory. Everyone moves forward and therefore we have to formulate new memories to override the old ones. Nothing is as you remember it because everything in the universe evolves.
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