Size Doesn’t Matter

“My whole life, I have been body-shamed for being too small for my age. After graduation, I had an interview with a radio station, and it went well. But then they told me the position wasn’t available to someone like me. They said I was too small. At first, I thought they were referring to my qualifications. Turns out my height was the problem. According to them I’m too short and thin, so a male person would be better suited for the job. It was terrible. It used to bother me a lot but not anymore. I think I’m the best version of myself right now. Now I’m here in Japan as an English teacher and aspiring journalist. I took a risk in doing journalism back in college. In India, if your kid gets into an engineering college, then they have a bright future. Journalism is kind of looked down upon. But that’s what I did anyway, even though my parents disapproved initially (they came around after seeing me enjoying it and doing internships at TV shows in Mumbai, newspapers, etc.). This is the first time I’m living alone and abroad, too. I don’t speak Japanese yet but I have plenty to look forward to. The only thing is, it’s difficult to be a vegetarian in Japan.”

Somewhere in Shibuya

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