Fatma is one of the best examples of a warrior I’ve ever seen.
After a lifetime of micro-aggressions, discrimination, judgement and prejudice, what do you do? Do you give in to the anger, overwhelm, exhaustion, fear and sadness? Or do you become empowered?
Perhaps all of the above. Finding that balance between the ability to feel all the difficult emotions that come with experiencing injustice, and still know the strength that sits deep inside you, that’s what makes a warrior.
Fatma has that spark inside her, and buckets’ full of intelligence, determination and grit to carry her through.
She challenges the status quo,
she refuses to be put in a box,
she asks the difficult questions.
She fights back. Not just for herself, but for women everywhere.
Despite that tough exterior, beneath the surface there also lies a softness, a considerate and kind-hearted woman, an exceptional mother, and someone who won’t give up on her friends. She holds herself to impossibly high standards.
Soon to graduate with a Phd, Fatma the warrior will become Fatma the Doctor too.
All I can say is that if you can count her among your friends, you must be doing something right.