Reflecting Allowed

Maha Bali’s blog about education

Now I Know


Now I know

What it’s like to have first world problems

While living in a third world…world

Now I know

It wasn’t my imagination

All these years

When I sensed

Something had changed

Now I know

What happens

When twenty first century solutions

Meet twentieth century mindsets

Now I know

That I can only be a woman

But I am more than a woman

I will always be a daughter

But I am not only a daughter

I can be more than a mom

But I am first and foremost a mom

And as a woman

In my culture

No matter how far I go

I will always be a woman

Now I know

That my struggles have paid off

Even if they had to take

Multiples of the effort

That others had to do

To achieve the same thing

Now I know

That there’s a world out there

That there’s a place for me

Somewhere some day

Even if that day

Just won’t be today

There’s a light somewhere

Even if it’s not right here

Right now

Now I know

That I know who I am


  1. It’s been a long time since we last connected, dear friend. Moving words and moving silences in between. Sounds like we reconnect again in a somewhat similar point in our time…just a feeling. You know what’s awesome? I am reading a piece written by you for a graduate certificate in digital literacy. First reading on the list, was sooo happy to see your name there. Jumping right in!
    Love, C.

    • Wow Clarissa. So amazing to hear from you. I miss you so much. Happy to connect on a feeling even if we haven’t been talking much. But we should absolutely talk more! Also excited that my piece on digital literacies is on your reading list. That’s wonderful, and I assume it is the one on difference between digital skills and digital literacies? I always refer to the success of that piece in being a non-peer-reviewed piece that gets included on course syllabi, rather than cited in academic venues. I bet it’s a more useful piece for more people!

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