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Half-Marathon; Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Body

I can relate!!!

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I’ve never told anyone these things. My parents, my sister, my friends – no one. So heads up. You’re the first to know.

For the last few years, I have grown, slowly but steadily, to despise the way my body looks.

When I was a kid, I was always told how skinny I was. I didn’t break fifty pounds until I was eight years old. In high school I was always the smallest – height and weight – of my friends. I grew up knowing, somehow, intuitively, that ‘being skinny’ was something good, that it was something I should maintain. In high school, that belief was confirmed and reinforced by magazines, friends who were constantly ‘dieting’, and my school’s insistence on athletic rigor and social ostracism of students who didn’t fit the body ideal. But I was always warned that, as a woman, ‘my time would come’, I would have kids…

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Somali : Hadday degdegsiinyo door dhalaan, kaadsiinyana kiish lacagay dhalaan
Translation : Haste can give birth to a bit of money ( a small benefit), patience to a bag of it.

Patience , exactly what I need and lack ninety percent of my decision making moments. I tend to be very strong about my stand which usually results in me making hasty decisions .Ass-uming for the most part , my lines are already drawn before there is even a problem.

I feel like I am always rushing , on the go. All the time. Why?. I don’t have any children.

Libaax nin aan aqoon baa lax ka rida : Only he who does not know a lion ( and therefore is not afraid of him) can take a sheep from him ( i.e. sometimes ignorance can be useful).

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March Madness

Hate is simply the reaction from fear of the unknown.

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This image reminds me of the below proverb. It’s one of the many great Somali proverbs about unity….. Ironic. I know. Enjoy!

“Gacmo wadajir bay wax ku gooyaan.”
Translation : “One can tear something only with two hands.” #SomaliProver

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To remind myself first…

Sura Ad-Duha contains all that is the hardest yet the most crucial of things to remember:
1. Allah has neither forsaken nor forgotten you
2. The hereafter is better for you than this life
3.Allah will give you all that it is that you want/desire thats good
4.Allah found you unaware of his deen and guided you
5.You were poor and he gave you self-sufficiency/contentment
6. In that case don’t treat the poor/beggars with oppression/revulsion
7. And report the favor of your Lord

Mashaa Allah.

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