Growing up in an insecure region of Afghanistan, Fahima was just a one-year-old when the Taliban government blasted a rocket into her home. The impact burned her face, left her without three fingers, and injured her right eye and ear. For years, Fahima struggled with the way others saw her.
In this week’s Teen Flaunt essay, the 16-year-old shares the challenges she’s faced since her accident and how she’s learned to overcome them.
I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old the other children did not let me to play with them because I was not beautiful like them, then I came back to home and cried. At that time, it was so difficult for me.
Despite all the hardships Fahima has endured, she’s learned to triumph over them by working hard, believing in herself, and surrounding herself with supportive friends and family.
I understand beauty and other physical things aren’t the only way you can enjoy success life. I believe it is best to just try, be hardworking and believe in yourself so you can reach your goals and wishes!
To read the rest of Fahima’s story, head over to the Teen Flaunt site! And check out more Teen Flaunts we love:
- Michael, 17, isn’t defined by his diabetes
- Melina, 18, explores her cultural identity
- Britanie, 16, has a sister with Down syndrome
If you would like to have your teenager or student (age 13-18) write a “Teen Flaunt” that could potentially be published on the Teen Flaunt page, please submit the proposed essay (no longer than 700 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Did you know there’s a health, well-being, and life skills magazine for teens that features inspiring stories every month? Learn more about Choices here, and check out our past pieces about Eric, who is getting healthy, and Ashlyn, who feels no pain.