It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. -Hans F. Hansen
I remembered a conversation I recently had about my hijab. I was talking to someone about how difficult it has been finding a job lately and they asked me if I thought it was because I wore a hijab. I told her that I would not have thought that a few years ago, but right now I do feel like that sometimes (due to all the Islamophobia). She then asked me if I would consider taking it off for job purposes. I responded by saying I would not because I don’t really know who I am without it. The hijab defines me and I have been wearing it most of my adult life. I don’t feel that I need to take it off to get something.
I know I am not alone in wearing one, but I do know that I shouldn’t have to conform to societal norms to get what I want no matter how hard it may be at times. It’s important to remember that we are all unique individuals and we should stand up for what we believe in!
Also, as a side note, being a Muslim American, it’s important for me to help alleviate misconceptions about Islam. So, if you are interested in learning about what true Islam is really about, here is a link that helps break it down in 11 points.