By Samah Hamid, TIWP Student

Sometimes life likes to throw you a curveball and show you just how unfair the world really is. It’s thrown at you when you walk into a room full of only guys. It’s thrown at you when you’re taking an unpaid maternity leave. Then, you start to doubt yourself. You think that this is how it’s supposed to be and that you’re upsetting the pre-existing balance. But are you upsetting the balance—or are you just doubting you capabilities because you’re different?

Never be afraid because of who you are. You have every bit as much of a right to be here as everyone else. You’ve worked hard. You’ve done everything you were supposed to do, only to be turned away at the doorstep of opportunity because of your gender. But you should keep knocking until someone answers again. You’ve spent so much time and effort to get where you are, and you know you deserve a shot at your dream.

The world loves throwing you a curveball, you just have to learn how to turn it into a home run.

One thought on “Curveball

  1. AMEN! I love this! So empowering!

    If you’d ever consider submitting some of your work for publication, Dixie State University has an online literary journal and is currently open for submissions. You can check us out at The deadline to submit this year is November 6th.

    We also accept photography, audio recordings, visual art, book reviews, fiction, multimedia, nonfiction, etc.

    I’m happy to answer questions if you have any, but the Submittable page has the details.


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