It’s Okay to be That Girl

The girl that wears a full face of makeup one day and nothing the next. The girl who will only dress well if she’s not tired, or too lazy, or doesn’t have to iron her outfit. The girl who watches TV shows that are so girly, so hipster, so lame. The girl who can curse like a sailor, and isn’t afraid to say what everyone else in the room is thinking – in fact, she doesn’t see the point in not saying it; things would be so much clearer if we could all just dispense with these mind games. It’s okay.

The girl who is so far from elegant and graceful that it’s a laugh out loud situation. The girl who always has more guy friends than girl friends. The girl who is well over the over-weight barrier and gleefully goes on existing (the horror!). The girl who can’t be bothered matching her socks, and the girl who painstakingly puts outfits together when she wants to impress. The girl who is neurotic-neurotic-neurotic – are you sure you double checked that the stove was off?! – and is really intense about things like worrying and seriousness and the very real Worst Possible Scenario That Has Every Chance of Coming True. It’s okay.

The girl that feels like she’s playing pretend when she laughs at his jokes that aren’t funny, when she smiles at the older women asking but not really asking about her dreams, when she says sorry when she’s not sorry. The girl that fights for feminism and women’s empowerment when she can’t figure out in her head how women would ever be able to be equal in this messed up world. The girl that un-apologetically demands that she be loved, that she be loved, that she be… at least treated well, at least not degraded, at the very least smiled at after a long day. It’s okay.

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The girl that says no, sorry, to the guy she knows she will never love, could never love, because she values honesty. The girl that feels bad about it after. The girl who feels like she has the worst luck because the hot guys never like her, just the social rejects that she isn’t into. The girl who doesn’t care about feminism or socially-constructed gender roles because she just wants a goddamn knight in shining armor and is that so freaking impossible to wish for? The girl that feels selfish but thinks why the hell shouldn’t she? This world is a hard place and she needs to look out for herself. This girl that vows every night to try to be better, as a person, as a sister, as a woman, as a wife. This girl that doesn’t think she can, but knows that she will try. It’s okay.

That girl who loves pink, and glitter and getting her nails done and her hair done and is tired of being thought of as a looker, not a thinker. The girl who smoked a joint when she felt pressured by the cool kids in high school. The girl who fell down the stairs in front of everyone and pretended to laugh with them, because she hoped they were laughing with her. The girl who wanted to be a boy because it was so much easier and no one ever asked her brothers to do the laundry. The girl who always came second in her class, and wasn’t very pretty either, so what use was she? The girl who was only ever good at one thing but couldn’t even manage to be the best in it. It’s okay.

The girl who was always insecure. The girl who wasn’t afraid to take risks. The girl who experimented with her personality. The girl who ate lunch alone because of her pink hair. The girl who skipped class because she couldn’t bare to face them. The girl they called Tootsie because of the rolls on her stomach. The girl they called Goddess, because of the curves of her body. It’s okay.

The girl who wrote because her heart was breaking. Who ugly-cried her guts out without caring who was watching. The girl who sat with her legs politely crossed making small talk because she couldn’t let the facade crack. The girl who worked two jobs to support her family and came home early, pretending she had plans so she wouldn’t have to go out with coworkers for coffee she couldn’t afford. The girl who never drank alcohol because she just didn’t want to, and why was that so hard for everyone to understand? The girl who prayed to a God she believed in even though she could never justify his existence. It’s okay.

That girl. Every girl.

It’s okay.

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15 Comments

  1. May 26, 2015 / 1:38 am

    This speaks to my heart on so many levels, I relate and connect so deeply. Thanks for writing this.

  2. May 26, 2015 / 1:39 am

    Reblogged this on Over a Cup of Tea and commented:

    After all, it’s okay because it is life and you’re just a human.

    • May 28, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much for re-blogging! And you’re right. We’re all human, and until we start accepting each other, there’s going to be problems.

  3. May 27, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Wow it was a brilliant post 🙂 Loved reading it 😀
    I don’t know about Girls tho but i am sure many can relate.

    • May 28, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks! Hope I can keep producing quality content 🙂

  4. Aleena
    May 27, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    I am going to share this! So relatable!! You are an awesome writer masha’Allah!!!

    • May 28, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you Aleena! I am glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for sharing it with your friends. 🙂

  5. May 28, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Awesome it is…. i can so relate some of the stuffs with myself. 🙂
    Great job ZK 🙂

  6. May 28, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Mukee Murtaza and commented:

    The girl who feels like she has the worst luck because the hot guys never like her, just the social rejects that she isn’t into. The girl who doesn’t care about feminism or socially-constructed gender roles because she just wants a goddamn knight in shining armor and is that so freaking impossible to wish for? The girl that feels selfish but thinks why the hell shouldn’t she? This world is a hard place and she needs to look out for herself. This girl that vows every night to try to be better, as a person, as a sister, as a woman, as a wife. This girl that doesn’t think she can, but knows that she will try. It’s okay.

  7. May 29, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Amazing write-up, Zainab. You just spoke my heart out. Reading you gave a very genuine and comforting feel of clarity, which is very rare and not in everyone’s words; that particular feel of honesty. Lovet!

    • May 30, 2015 / 10:32 pm

      It’s great to hear from you Fatimah 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I really just wanted to put across that self acceptance is crucial, and something we all owe ourselves.

      • June 2, 2015 / 2:44 am

        Job well done. It was illuminating and different. Superbly written.

  8. June 19, 2015 / 4:19 am

    Thank you Zainab, just found your blog! Beautiful, powerful writing. Looking forward to be reading more posts!!

    • June 20, 2015 / 9:42 am

      Thank you 🙂 expect more posts soon!