Salaam, fabulous readers!
So today, I want to talk about confidence as our secret sauce, and how for me, body dysmorphia is sometimes a kebab skewer in the grand buffet of life.
I’m left envying the proper Persian mamas sometimes, because in a world that often scrutinises and challenges the confidence of women, Persian women always seem to stand tall, radiating a remarkable sense of self-assurance. How do they do it?
Confidence, Body Image, and Well-Intentioned Wisdom
In a Persian world, where the tea is strong, and the selfies are stronger, let’s remember that even perfect Persian goddesses have their “khob nist” (not good) days. Life is a blend of sweet saffron and the occasional spilled pomegranate juice.
I’ve realised that family is at the heart of Persian culture, and the support and love within these familial ties provide a solid foundation for the confidence of Persian women. The encouragement and understanding they receive from their families empower them to face the world with assurance, knowing they have a strong support system behind them.
Netflix, Hugs, and Amy Schumer:
So, this weekend, after a Persian feast of hugs from H and a mountain of cushions on the sofa, we indulged in ‘I Feel Pretty.’ Amy Schumer bumps her head and thinks she’s the queen of Ghormeh Sabzi. Hilarious dancing and profound life lessons ensue. Looking at myself in the mirror, it’s like negotiating the need for Botox treatments with H – complex and sometimes a little painful.
Empowered, Fearless, and Unapologetically Persian
“I Feel Pretty” the movie whispers to our souls: be empowered, unapologetically own your kebab-loving self, and don’t let anyone dim your saffron-infused sparkle. Confidently facing your forties? It’s like confidently squeezing through the bustling Tehran bazaar – you’ve got this!
My life might not be a fairy tale, but armed with the wisdom of a thousand Persian grandmas, I won’t be waving a white flag anytime soon. Confidence is my secret ingredient.
The Confidence Code for Girls: Persian Edition – Because Sass is Universal
For those craving a confidence boost with a side of Persian spice, “The Confidence Code for Girls” is a must-read. Claire Shipman and Katty Kay may not be Persian aunties, but their advice is like the wisdom passed down from generations of Iranian grandmothers.
Embrace risk like negotiating for the last batch of saffron, deal with failure like recovering from a poorly made tahdig and know your brain like calculating the perfect rice-to-water ratio – with flair and a touch of sass.
So, my fellow Persian queens, let’s dance through the mirror, and confidently savour the kebabs of life!