Unconventional

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Sometimes I think about my life

I realize it hasn’t followed the usual path we expect

I got married while I was a student

To another student

I married outside my culture

At a time when it was not so common

I knew how to drive before my husband did

I changed my major many times

I chose to stay at home to raise my kids

At a time when most women worked outside the house

I moved from city to city several times

And when I went back to work

I only worked part time

I started writing poetry later in life

In a language that is not my mother tongue

I chose to write about mental health

We need to get rid of the stigma

Now, I’ve entered a new phase of life

With more emphasis on writing 

It’s a transition of sorts

I’m still trying to figure it out

All of these things make me a little different

Some things I’ve done are unconventional

But I’ve been lucky to have been able to choose my own path

And let the spirit be my guide

April 3rd, 2019

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