Why I have decided to go public I see some of you go “really Fatimé did you have to write a post to explain yourself?” here’s your reply: “yes, I needed to write this.” lol.Most of my friends know I am a private person.
In 2011, I made a drastic change in my life. I had started wearing the veil. Up until that point, I had been quite obsessed with oversharing my life online. As I had started donning the hijab, my perspective on life had completely changed. I could easily connect with people for who they TRULY were, not just because of their social status or apprarance.
At that time, I had learned to appreciate my privacy. So instead of posting more pictures of me, I posted articles, poems, and I even wrote a fictional book! alhamdoulillah. I wanted to be known for my capabilities, my talents, and all those beautiful traits that transcended my appearance. That was, honestly, the BEST decade of my life so far. When I came back to Cameroon , I started blogging in 2018. The more people knew my story, the more they were surprised.
There was simply no way to reconcile “having lived in the US” AND wearing hijab AS an African woman. I guess I’m just too much of a puzzle to solve. LOL I also realized something interesting: I now had the responsibility to DEMONSTRATE good character. “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.” John F. KennedyIn the US I could live my quiet, private life and nobody would really care. (That was boss). In my home country however, I meet many young women in search of identity. Many of them still wonder how they can reconcile all of the beautiful, and seemingly contradicting parts of their personalities.
Instead of preaching in the dark, I chose to be an example. Instead of pointing fingers and criticizing, I decided to be vulnerable and share my triumphs and failures.So for now, I am going public. I am a community leader, and I need to walk the talk.
This is me, Fatimé Asta aka, Rose Du Sahel Take care