The monster inside my brain

“Are you happy?” must be the question that I’ve asked my friends the most. Whenever they tell me about a life changing event, I ask them about all the practical questions – “Is he a good boyfriend?”, “Are you happy in the new apartment?”, “Do you like what you’re studying?”; and afterwards, I ask them…

“My hair defies gravity.”

One day, I told one of my cousins that a guy I liked, had said that he preferred my natural hair to my braids, and her unfiltered, surprised answer was: “Really?” We aren’t taught to feel beautiful I understood that answer more than I wish I did. When he told me, I had trouble believing…

“We’re not sidekicks.”

The importance of representation Beyoncé won a Grammy this week, and gave a beautiful speech about the importance of representation. She said that every child, from every race, ought to grow up seeing images of themselves in important places, and realize that they too, can become president, can become CEO, can become anything they could…

Life is easy. It’s like riding a bike.

These days, depression, anxiety, and sometimes suicide tendencies seem to be funny. I tend to make a lot of jokes about my depression, to three people in my life, who, in my opinion, are the only ones who understand. They don’t always laugh, but most of the time they do, because they know that it’s…

Belief.

I lost hope about two months ago. Every strong feeling I have, every relevant emotion I have, especially about my future, is something I share with my boyfriend. Yet, for the first time, I found myself hesitant and afraid to say the words: “I don’t know if I still believe I can change the world….

I have a dream.

I’m going to London tonight, for a Model United Nations simulation, and I’m coming back on Monday. Because I love London, I wanted to spend the whole day over there, and come back with the last bus. But that means that I would have to go to the bus stop alone, at 10 o’clock at…

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

I, like Daniel Radcliffe, have a lot of racist friends. And if you went to a Flemish school, then you can say, without any doubt, that you have (had) a lot of racist friends as well. They would never admit it, because surely, they’re convinced that they’re not. They’re convinced that they’re good, tolerant, accepting people….

Still, I rise.

I woke up on August 9th, and Simone Biles had won an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. At this point, you need to know that if there’s something I dislike more than participating in sports, it’s watching it. I woke up on August 11th, and Simone Manuel had won an Olympic gold medal in swimming….

She collapsed with a flag in her hand, a flag white as snow. (2)

Pray for Paris. Pray for Brussels. Pray for Pakistan, for Nigeria, for Turkey, for Tunisia, for Syria, for Iraq, for the Ivory Coast, for Yemen, for Somalia, for Afghanistan, for everyone, for everybody. If you believe praying is the way to go, then please, pray for all of us. Pray for hope, pray for humankind,…

She collapsed with a flag in her hand, a flag white as snow. (1)

Dear all, People look at me like I’m a sweet child when I say I want to save the world. They do it condescendingly, because they think I’m too innocent to realize it’s impossible to do. They think I haven’t seen enough of the world, they think my ambitions will change once I grow up,…