Some of the feelings the woman in this story felt were wanting two different things in her life. She liked wearing the hijab and what it has represented for generations, but also she liked to have some freedom from that. She was being pulled in two different ways from her feelings. She sees other women wearing bright color dresses and working women wearing other clothes and then looks at herself, and wanting something different. The author is the one telling the story about herself so she is feeling this, but I do not have a religion such as this. I go to church at times but it is not as strong as these men and women have in their culture and religion.
"Sister, this isn't about men and women," she says shaking her head. "This is about Islam." I marked this as important because it's a key statement for women telling them how it is and has been, it's for the country not for yourselfs. The women cover their skin and men do not but it is for the country they live in, just like other countries have a certain norm to follow by, or at least try to follow it.