Self expression comes in many forms. This is one of mine. I can’t say putting on the hijab was a spur of the moment decision; I’ve been preparing myself on both a spiritual and mental capacity, for months. To me, this isn’t just a symbol of modesty, but it’s also a representation of my faith.
Walking out with the hijab on for the first time was both exhilarating and terrifying. I was way too wrapped up (pun unintended) with whether or not it was going to fall of my head, or if I had it on correctly. I didn’t recognise myself whenever I’d catching glimpses of myself in the mirror! However, by the end of the day, I had already gotten so accustomed to having it on; it felt so very natural, and that’s when I knew I had made the right decision.
I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy, and one of the most important factors that eased my decision, and transition, was my family and close friends’ encouragement. I’m lucky to have such a strong support system. Last, but certainly not least, shout out to my dear friend Ascia for teaching me how to cover my hair, and her patience with me wrapping and unwrapping my hijab until I got right! Confidence goes a long way when it comes to making such a monumental decision, hijab or not!
To all women who are teeter-tottering with the idea of putting on the hijab, remember this: It’s your decision, and how you choose to wear it is between you and God. Do what you feel is right, and never do anything to please others. Put yourself first. Always.