How I Divorced Cigarettes

How I Divorced Cigarettes

This is me five years ago today. I was still a smoker. By that, I mean, I was full-heartedly committed to smoking for the rest of my life. I used to believe I was going to die at the age of 38 in a car accident. I had dreamt about it. When I smoked, I was,...
Box

Box

I am an Iranian Muslim born Bisexual woman who migrated to the West in search of freedom at the age of 20. Though you wouldn’t be able to tell from that description, I’ve always run away from labels (the irony). During my 20 years of life in Iran, I was given some...
Dear America, I’m Afraid to Speak

Dear America, I’m Afraid to Speak

I was 20 years old when I left Iran for a new life in Canada. When my plane landed in Montreal, I entered a strange new world where I was free to speak my mind. In an authoritarian theocracy like Iran, I was always fearful and learned to try to keep my mouth shut. One...