Updated 22nd September, 2014
I am on the hunt. For individuality. For happiness. For power. For wealth. And for a way to make a difference in the world.
But first, I must find a way to survive…
Not all those who wander, are lost. – JRR Tolkien
22nd July, 2013
Eighteen, female, directionless. Three words which surmise all there is to know about me.
Being an adult female is never easy, being an adult female in South-East Asia is another thing all together. Of all my neighboring countries, only dear China has empowered its female population to a point where they are considered almost as equal as the men. This is a considerable feat considering all the cultural barriers the modern Chinese woman had to cross before getting where she is now. But she has always had support. In Mao Tse-Tung’s words, women hold up half the sky. There are no words wiser than these, and must be drilled into the hard heads of the Asian male, from the day he emerges from his mother’s womb!
Being directionless is I believe an ailment every teen has at this moment in their lives. Here in pakistan, society wants me married, my parents want me obedient and married, my siblings want me happy, the extremists want me ‘covered’, the liberals want me clubbing, but has anyone asked me what I want?
I want peace, freedom and literacy. I want the women of my country to stand up for themselves. I want the men to learn respect. I want this religious extremism to be eradicated. And I want the Neanderthal society, to change as the time changes.
I want to be an empowered woman of the 21st century, and most importantly, I want to be myself.