Social Pressure – Page 11 (Final)


This is the final page of my story. I am thankful to all, those who read silently, and those who provided me a feedback. Hope that you like the ending.

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Social Pressure – Page 11

Fortunately, Suha was waiting for her with open arms. She didn’t have any resentments of what happened. She didn’t even say “I told you so”. She was so considerate, and tried to console her friend.

“You know Sarah; you never know what other paths of life you would have chosen. Don’t regret what ever happened to you. At least you have this beautiful gift – your son – to take care and live for. Do you think that my choice was better? My husband cheated on me with another woman. My situation isn’t better than yours. I ended up divorced with two kids to take care of, why don’t you seek divorce like I did?” Suha asked.

“I am sorry to hear what happened with you as well Sarah. You know my family is more traditional than yours, and I can see how tough it has been for you to live in this country as a divorced woman. I wish I am as strong as you, but I can’t. I will keep my family and protect it” Sarah said then proceeded “I just don’t want to see other people going through what me and Ali went through. I don’t want this to happen to my son or to your daughter. Sarah we need to do something about it.”

Her pain built a new goal in her life. She now wants to reach other women and help them. She went back to school. She decided to pursue a degree in human rights. Ali didn’t object her new enthusiasm. He fully supported her. She earned her Masters and PH.D degrees, and became active in claiming the rights for other women in her country.

She gained a much respected social role. She built an excellent career and reputation defending the rights of other people. Family and friends looked at her in envy, portraying her family as the example of perfection. No body knew about the reality of her relationship with Ali. They both lived their lives and became more of a best friends and supporter and held that family tight for the sake of their son. They both became successful in their careers.

After he died, she respected his memory. She has never bad mouthed him and cherished him in front of her son who never knew about his father’s secret.

In her lectures to the public she used to say:
“Our diversity as human beings is hard to conform to some social set of rules. What is a social norm for you might not be for another person. We need to stop hiding our shortages in order to meet certain norm. Let us uncover the lies of our society and face our problems instead of working around them and hide our heads in the sand.
Compassion, people, is all what we need to have. Compassion…”

The End

6 thoughts on “Social Pressure – Page 11 (Final)

  1. Ali says:

    You have said it all“Our diversity as human beings is hard to conform to some social set of rules. What is a social norm for you might not be for another person. We need to stop hiding our shortages in order to meet certain norm. Let us uncover the lies of our society and face our problems instead of working around them and hide our heads in the sand. Compassion, people, is all what we need to have. Compassion…”We are not born the same, we are all different in a way or another!

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  2. Red Rose says:

    “I will keep my family and protect it”i guess our women used to be sacrify, there is diffrence between sacrifying and ignoring life!i guess she will live without bieng sexually satisfied,it’s hard to nominate this sacrifying or neglect natural needs,,this one point.second, thier life comes to compromise to escape from Social pressure,i think there are many homes live in compromise not only in homosexual cases,,in diffrent sitiuations marraige comes a cover nor more nor less..tks observer for this story looking forward to reading anothe diveres skeptic topics soon..good luck

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  3. Yes Ali, we are indeed different. It is just if we acknowledge our differeces, life would be much easier.Red roese, thanks for your continous feedback🙂Yes it is a big sacrifice, but if you noticed in the story, one can tell that she had no real options concerning the society she lives in. A divorce was a No No to her like a lot of other women who suffers in their marriages in silence.And yes you are right, there are many homes that keep on going based on compromising. It is just sad, when you compromise your basic needs.

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  4. Mary says:

    thanks for this very nice story! Actually the theme is very interesting and it was a pleasure to read your prose: clear, simple, compelling with so much attention to social and psychological issues that make our daily life.

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  5. “Our diversity as human beings is hard to conform to some social set of rules. What is a social norm for you might not be for another person. We need to stop hiding our shortages in order to meet certain norm. Let us uncover the lies of our society and face our problems instead of working around them and hide our heads in the sand.
    Compassion, people, is all what we need to have. Compassion…”

    this said it all..
    good story..and ugly at the same time..because this social pressures is an ugly thing to do to ur kids..ur family…u just suffocate them with those pressures …
    thank u🙂

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