Attempting to Explain Idleness

“Perhaps, most simply, idleness is reserved contemplation through the tranquilizing of productive and unproductive time.” I am productive. I like to think so. I must be working toward something, or I will feel defective. Rather, I must be validated by a finished-product, the thought of incompletion knots under my skin. I have this recurring dream […]

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The Quickest Way to Fail is By Not Trying At All

“Ms. Miah, it’s nice to be ambitious, but you shouldn’t get your hopes up about getting into Harvard. It’s a really competitive school and having a felony might make your chances of gaining acceptance unlikely.” I shifted in my seat and adjusted my hijab, unsure how to respond. I gritted my teeth and half-smiled. Were […]

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