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  • Karin Heuert Galvão

"I'm just a girl."

When I was born, my parents were so happy, they finally had a baby girl.

When I was 10 and I played indoor soccer, my dad was afraid I would be scouted to play somewhere and leave the nest. Because I was just a girl, and God forbid I’d be a soccer player.

When I turned 15 and I left to the States, I finally had the opportunity to be on my own and do some growing up. When the opportunity for playing soccer appeared and I chose not to, some people thought I was being stupid, because I was just a girl and I didn’t know any better.

When I turned 18 and was ready to apply for universities, I was torn and I didn’t know what to choose. But I'd better go to Law School, because let's face it, I was just a girl and I couldn't choose anything on my own.

When I turned 22 and I decided to move in with my boyfriend, people acted weird around me. I was living out of the wedlock even though I was just a girl, and that is just not acceptable.

When I turned 25 and we decided to get married, people would look at me and think “she’s just a girl” and she should wait until she’s older to do that.

When I turned 27 and got pregnant with my son, people thought I was too crazy and was not ready to be a mom, because let’s face it, I was just a girl and wasn't able to juggle life and work.

When I turned 33 and published a controversial article on a very prestigious blog about my beliefs in the ELT industry in Brazil, I got so much backlash from a very small, yet loud group, and because I was just a girl, a notorious ELT figure said my career was done.

When I turned 34 and decided to slow down with social media because I thought it was making me sick and too upset by reading hateful messages and empty thoughts, people said I was disappearing from the spotlight and I would never be able carry out my work like that, because being famous was number one priority and being just a girl was not enough.

Very soon I’ll turn 36 and I couldn’t be happier with my life. My family supports me, I have the most amazing husband and a beautiful son, I’m loved and happy with who I am and who I want to be. But honestly, “I’m just a girl and I have it up to here (...) I’m just a girl, lucky me.” (No Doubt - Just a Girl).

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