What would be your first thought? when you hear the word GRAIN, maybe you would think of bread or maybe food but for me it is always that Afghan delicious and long breads. Honestly it is been already 4 years that I am out of the country and I missed those delicious bread very much. before going abroad, I was thinking that every country eating bread as part of their daily dishes because in Afghanistan, it is like that. Afghan people always eat bread as part of their daily meals. no matter what you cook, bread is part of your meal. So growing up like that I was thinking that maybe everywhere people eat bread daily but with my surprise when I traveled to Philippines and South Korea, I find out that NO, I am wrong there are a lot of people who doesn’t eat bread much often but instead at least in these two countries people always eat Rice as part of their meal while in my country we eat rice just once or twice a week.
Now I know that every country’s food and food culture is different and honestly that is just amazing because it makes life is so diverse and different.but I am always picky with food, I just can’t eat everything or the foods that are new to me, specially grown up as a Muslim, I can’t eat pork and while living abroad one of my biggest struggles in terms of food is the problem with Pork. Whenever I have to go to a restaurant and they have the food that I am not familiar then my first question is always: “Does it have pork?”. that is kind of hard for us because we can’t really feel comfortable unlike some of my other friends who have no worries when it comes to choosing food as far as they like the taste or they are curious to try a new food. but my choice is always limited.
Today’s topic and challenge is about Grain but I ended up writing about food, well for me actually Grain is the other name of food and that is why I talked about food. I wanted also to write about how food is love? that title might look kind of strange for you guys but for me, i have my reasons to say that food is Love. Imagine all the poor people of these world??? how many poor people would be there?? I don’t exactly know but let’s say from the 7 billion population of the world if there are a 100 million poor people who live on the streets or can’t provide food to eat then I think the best way for us to express our love toward them is by giving them a little bit of our food. I believe that life is not fair Some of us have too much and some us have nothing at all. but look around you? would you feel happy if other people are suffering around you? I don’t think so. today I wish we all could have the time to reflect about how can we contribute to those people’s life who need our help the most.
I am already in my 20s, that means I had the chance to experience many things that have happened in my life up to now. One of the amazing fact that I came to realize is that life is amazingly beautiful yet deceiving in some other ways. different phases of our life give us different kind of experiences, from childhood until we die. childhood is the period which we really have no stress or worries for tomorrow, all we can think of is to have fun and enjoy playing games as much as we can. that is also the period when we are the most vulnerable and weak also but childhood is the period that our judgmental mind has no power to gives us reason what is good or bad, but instead we tend to follow doing things that can bring us happiness.
Isn’t that Amazing? come on, just think about it for a while. I think it is one of the best trait that we can learn from childhood. The lesson that teaching us to follow our heart not our mind. Because if we all chase happiness, I can tell you we can’t get and catch with our mind alone. I know you might say, Oh no I don’t agree with that. that is okay if we don’t agree but think for a while about all the great people that you admire them in your life. What is so unique about them? Is it about how intelligent were they? or is it that they came from the very rich families or had some supernatural powers? I don’t know about you guys but for me, the things that I admire about the great people whether it is in the field of Art and Music, Politics, Economic and business or Philosophy is the fact that most of them if not all of them followed their heart and used their mind and brain to serve them and help them to reach their heartistic goals and dreams.
I believe that if we could keep most of the traits from our childhood in the later stage and phase of our life, we could be far more successful and happy in our life than we are today. the traits like being active and talkative, having no sense of shyness or guilt, worries or stress and being judgmental about what is right and wrong, these sort of treats can help us so much that we can achieve what ever we want. childhood, adolescence and adulthood has all its pros and cons but there are a lot of treats from the childhood that I wish to have at the stage of my adolescence. Finally, Life is shorter than we thought, follow your heart and use your brain and mind to help you not control you. Life will be more beautiful when we are less judgmental about right and wrong. the only wrong is when your action hurts others. Let’s life our life in away which we can be a blessing not a curse to others.
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7 years ago, when I was still learning English in a Language school, we were all asked to study the famous speech of Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream”. back then having a very limited knowledge of English made it very hard to grasp and understand the full concept and message of the speech. But as I grow older, I felt like this speech is just for me, there were a lot of points that I could relate to. Growing up in Afghanistan, a country that is very similar to the America of 1950 and 60s help me to realize and understand the real concepts of racial discrimination, Justice and liberty.
I am coming from an ethnicity in Afghanistan, who had a very similar history to the black Americans. the tribe that I am talking about is called Hazara which is one of the four major tribe in Afghanistan that shape the country’s population. unfortunately Hazara People’s history is filled with a lot sad events like Massacre of the tribe from 1844- 1850, Slavery and labeling them as the second degree citizens of the country that made life so miserable for my ancestors. even though a lot of things has changed since then but still you could see the affect of those discrimination in the modern life of Hazara people.
Looking back to the history of my people, and also looking to the things that are going on in other parts of the old, the miseries, war and conflict, environmental issues and famine makes me very sad. the human beings that have so much potentials, skills and power to change and breakthrough in many field still struggling to live in peace with each other. Human beings fought and took advantage of the law of nature, with the help of science and technology we are overcoming most of the natural challenges but the problem that human beings are suffering is that they couldn’t fight and combat with their own evil nature such as greed, selfishness and the desire for power and exploitation of other people’s life.
Seeing all this challenges ahead of us, push me to dream a dream that one day we all could live in a planet where everyone could have an equal opportunity and rights to live their lives in the best possible way. I have a dream that one day, the dream of world peace will not be a dream anymore but a reality.
when I was younger, I was more optimistic about the world, life and the future. I believed humans are good in nature, no matter what, one day we all could come together and say no to war and violence to end the long battled suffering of our fellow humans who have been the victims of war and terrorism. that believe and dream of a just world didn’t last long in me, I think there are a lot of changes with the physical growth of a person, as we grow older, we also grow mentally. Every experience in life gives us the lessons to learn and realize the things that we were not able to know before.
Afghan lives have been turning around of many unpleasant sequence of events that made my dreams of an ideal and just world shuttered. The hope of having a peaceful environment around me seemed an unreachable dream. because I was born in war, lived my youth life in war and now seems like to die or getting killed in war. I have seen moms carrying over the dead body of their children who died because of the Suicide bombers, I have also seen the the children are playing with dead organs of their parents’ body who died in a suicide bombing. I have seen the fear of not coming back home from work, school and university in the eyes of my friends. every good byes in my country is like the last good byes to your friends, relatives and families.
the insecurity has stolen the luxurious side of life from every individual who are born in Afghanistan, some of us die in a very young age or getting killed because of our differences. almost a hundred thousands of my fellow country men left the country to migrate to a more peaceful country where they could not be afraid of getting killed on the streets or getting threaten because they are different or don’t like to follow some certain religious, cultural or social norms. life in Afghanistan is a saga of unpleasant events where everyday people are trying just to survive and hope a better situation for tomorrow. tired and disappointed but still life goes on with the least quality of life for people who live in this cursed geographical location. I hope this saga of unpleasant events will change to the sage of pleasant events someday.