obstables

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
—  Fr. Alfred D’Souza. Epigraph from Thrive by Arianna Huffington

“I’m the only Somali professional beekeeper and trainer in Rome. When I am not managing the beehives, I educate visitors on the world of this magnificent insects. Majority of them are high school students and prison inmates. It took me a while to arrive at a decision to study for this profession. A former teacher asked me what I want to learn that would benefit me when I return to Somalia. I thought long and hard and asked my uncle in Mogadishu for advice. He said the science of beekeeping is extremely beneficial and much needed in Somalia. It never crossed my mind that beekeeping was a very useful skill. I took his advice and it was the best decision I ever made. It took me some time to get accepted and be taken serious because the job that I was doing is not a job that a refugee was supposed to do. Beekeeping science was usually reserved for the home-grown people so I had to jump through many loopholes and obstacles. Initially, I was forced to use the ID of an established organisation, who were sympathetic to me and allowed me to their number ID in order to take the exams instead of in my own name. If I did use my name, I would have been flat out rejected. Through tremendous effort and lots of volunteering, I am now a licensed beekeeper and I’m currently coordinating with beekeeping projects back in Somalia.”

(Rome, Italy)

“Waxaan ahay qofka kali ee u dhashay Soomaali ku shaqeeya xirfada shinnida iyo sidii dadka loo tababaro xirfadaas.  Maaraynta shinnida ka sakow, waxaan casharo u dhiga dadka na soo booqdo oo u badan ardayda dugsiga sarre iyo maxaabiista dhaqan-celin loo diray. Muddo igu qaadatay inaan go’aan ka gaaro xirfada aan rabo inaan barto. Maadaame hadafkeygu ahaa inaan ku noqonayo Soomaaliya, macalinkaygii baa mar ii weydiyey, maxaa rabta inaad barato oo faa’iido ku noqonaya markaad ku laabato Soomaaliya. Waxaan wareystey adeerkay oo Muqdisho ku nool. Wuxuu igu yiri, cilmiga shinnida waa cilmi fiican oo wax gal fiican leh oo runti waddanka u baahan. Weligey isma dhihi jirin, micne bey ku fadhida. Go’aan baan markaas ku gaaray inaan barto cilmigaas. Waxaan aaminsanahay in go’aankas u ahaa midkii ugu wanaagsanaa aan abid sameeyo. Waqti bay igu qaadatay in la ii aqbalo oo xushmo aan ku helo, waayo xirfadan laguma tala galin dadka qaxootiga ah. Cilmiga shinnada waxaa baran jiray kali, dadka u dhashay waddanka. Caqabado fara badan baan soo maray oo waan ka guuleystay, Alxamdullilah. Marka hore, markaad imtixaanka galaysid, waa inaad ka tirsan tahay ha’yad la aqoonsanyahay ama aad tahay muwaadin u dhashay dalka. Koox ha’yad baa ii oggolaatay inaan isticmaalo numberkooda. Hadii aan isticmaali lahaa magacayga, durba waa la ii diidi lahaa. Alxamdullilah, dadaal farabadan, waxaan hadda ku shaqeeya xirfadaas, haddana waxaan wadda mashaariic aan rabo inaan ka fuliyo Soomaaliya, si dadka a faa’iidestaan cilmiga shinnida.”

(Rooma, Talyaaniga)

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BUT DO NOT WORRY MY YOUNG ONES
THINGS WILL BE OKAY.
AS LONG AS YOU WORK HARD, AND AT YOUR OWN PACE, YOU WILL BE OKAY.
IF THINGS ARE HARD, REMEMBER IT’S OKAY TO TAKE YOUR TIME.
TAKE YOUR TIME, AND MAKE SURE YOU AREN’T TOO HARD ON YOURSELF.
OTHERS CAN RUSH YOU, WANTING YOU TO DO THINGS AT THE SAME PACE AS THEM BUT…
IN REALITY, EVERYONE WORKS DIFFERENTLY. EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT STRUGGLES,  AND DIFFERENT TALENTS.
IT IS NOT OKAY TO BE FORCED TO WORK AT THE PACE OF SOMEONE ELSE. IF YOU AREN’T HARMING ANYONE, INCLUDING YOURSELF, YOU SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO WORK THINGS OUT AT YOUR OWN PACE.
YOU WILL BE OKAY, I’M SURE OF IT.
AND REMEMBER THAT IT IS ALSO OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE IN OVER YOUR HEAD, AND THAT YOU ARE HAVING A HARD TIME WITH WHATEVER OBSTACLE IS IN YOUR PATH; REMEMBER IT’S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP.
IT’S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP FROM OTHERS, AND IT IS ALSO OKAY TO TELL PEOPLE WHEN YOU HAVE A HARD TIME WITH SOMETHING.
EVEN IF THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND, AND TRY TO FORCE YOU INTO DOING MORE THAN WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF, YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, AND WORK HARD, BUT AT YOUR OWN PACE.
BUT ALSO REMEMBER TO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE STUCK IN A COMFORTABLE PLACE FOREVER.
IT IS GOOD TO BE IN A COMFORTABLE PLACE, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE GOT TO REMEMBER TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE EVERY DAY.
I BELIEVE IN YOU! I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT! I KNOW YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN WHATEVER OBSTABLES ARE IN YOUR PATH NOW, AND I KNOW YOU WILL COME OUT ON TOP!

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Obstacles (Live) - Throw Television

When will we hear a studio version of this song ?!