A young woman was made fun of her entire life for her facial hair, which she refused to shave off in violation of “social norms.” How she decided to stand up for herself is incredible.
A little a while ago, apicture of this girl was uploaded to Facebook and commented on in a rather negative way. She found it and left this astoundingly beautiful response. Neddles to say, she silenced them the best way possible. This is the photo..
“Hey, guys. This is Balpreet K***, the girl from the picture. I actually didn’t know about this until one of my friends told me on Facebook. If the person wanted a picture, they could have just asked and I could have smiled 🙂 However, I’m not embarrassed or even humiliated by the attention (negative and positive) that this picture is getting because it’s who I am. Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair.
Yes, I realized that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being (which is genderless, actually) and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will. Just as a child doesn’t reject the gift of his/her parents, Sikhs do not reject the body that has been given to us. By crying ‘mine, mine’and changing this body-tool, we are essentially living in ego and creating separateness between ourselves and the divinity within us. By transcending societal views of beauty, I believe that I can focus more on my actions.
My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going o become ash in the end, so why fuss about it? When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can. So, to me, my face isn’t important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face area.
So, if anyone sees me at OSU, please come up and say hello. I appreciate all of the comments here, both positive and less positive because I’ve gotten a better understanding of myself and others from this. Also, the yoga pants are quite comfortable and the Better Together t-shirt is actually from Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that focuses on storytelling and engagement between different faiths. 🙂 I hope this explains everything a bit more, and I apologize for causing such confusion and uttering anything that hurt anyone.
Also, wearing turbans for women is a sign of inner strength and empowerment because we too are equal to Sikh men. Sikhism advocates total equality for both genders ( the only difference between them are the last names) and therefore, it is okay, however rare the occurrence, for a woman to adorn herself with the turban just like her male counterparts. I encourage everyone to expand their knowledge of the sheer diversity of this nation – as will I, and gain a better understanding of each other.
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