My Past, Present and Future – Amina Ahmed

Many say that struggles are a blessing in disguise. Struggles in life can either make you or break you. They are a test that each and every one will experience. Some find a prize at the end while others learn important lessons that will stay with them forever. In my case, I found the prize at the end with my kids and I also learned from my past struggles. To get to where I am at in life today, I endured many struggles in my early years living in Somalia during the civil war, and as a result I am able to lead a better life and plan for a better future. The following are examples of what I have endured and how my life changed for the better.

I was born in Somalia during the Civil War. Somalia at the time was in the middle of a long civil war that affected many people’s lives. During this time, many people chose to flee the country to neighboring countries while some decided to stay and meet their fate. My family was among the ones who decided to flee. It was a very tough time for my parents. At the time the civil war broke out, my mom had just given birth to my baby sister. With the country in a very unstable state and very little to eat for those fleeing, my mother was faced with the harsh reality that she could no longer breast feed my baby sister. Unfortunately, my baby sister passed away due to the lack of food and my mother hardly survived. Despite all of this, they did everything in their power to keep us out of harm’s way. During the time, which we fled Somalia, we spent a lot of time on the road. Many of the people were packed in trucks and Lorrie’s. The hardest struggle at the time was finding means to feed the young children like myself. My parents did everything to save us from starving to death. As a young girl, I did not understand much at the time, but now I understand all the sacrifices my parents made. My mom would breastfeed me and my 3 siblings having eaten nothing herself. Looking back at the situation, I can say that I appreciate my parents more for their sacrifice and the struggles they went through.

Luckily, we were able to make it through our struggles and rise above it. After settling in a refugee in Kenya where we were able to start a new life, I started going to school. After a while I finished school and started a family of my own. My first child was born in Kenya and shortly after that we had the opportunity to move to the U.S. After moving to the U.S, we faced many more challenges. The biggest challenge was the language barrier. I could not speak English when I first came here, and as a result I was afraid to go anywhere and was always home. I also had to learn how to drive, which enabled me to do more things. Now I have five kids and life could not be more beautiful. I attend college and three of my kids are in elementary school, while the other two are too young.

From what I have learned from my past struggles, I can prepare better for the future. I learned many lessons along the way. I have made some mistakes and from those mistakes. I learned from them and made sure not to repeat them. I am a better person because of my struggles. I plan on furthering my education by getting an associate’s degree from CCA. After I attain my associates. I plan on finding a comfortable job and improving my life for the better. If everything works out. I might even someday pursue a bachelor degree. I plan to set an example for my kids. I want them to see that if their mom got this far, so can they.

Although life has always been rough in the past, I am thankful for how things have turned out. Everyone faces challenges, but what makes life sweet is not knowing what is going to come out of those challenges. Life is guaranteed to have challenges, but the difference in changing those challenges to a blessing is how you react and respond to them. Patience is also key to dealing with struggles in life, but all of that is learned from the challenges itself.

Many say that struggles are a blessing in disguise. Struggles in life can either make you or break you. They are a test that each and every one will experience. Some find a prize at the end while others learn important lessons that will stay with them forever. In my case, I found the prize at the end with my kids and I also learned from my past struggles. To get to where I am at in life today, I endured many struggles in my early years living in Somalia during the civil war, and as a result I am able to lead a better life and plan for a better future. The following are examples of what I have endured and how my life changed for the better. I was born in Somalia during the Civil War. Somalia at the time was in the middle of a long civil war that affected many people’s lives. During this time, many people chose to flee the country to neighboring countries while some decided to stay and meet their fate. My family was among the ones who decided to flee. It was a very tough time for my parents. At the time the civil war broke out, my mom had just given birth to my baby sister. With the country in a very unstable state and very little to eat for those fleeing, my mother was faced with the harsh reality that she could no longer breast feed my baby sister. Unfortunately, my baby sister passed away due to the lack of food and my mother hardly survived. Despite all of this, they did everything in their power to keep us out of harm’s way. During the time, which we fled Somalia, we spent a lot of time on the road. Many of the people were packed in trucks and Lorrie’s. The hardest struggle at the time was finding means to feed the young children like myself. My parents did everything to save us from starving to death. As a young girl, I did not understand much at the time, but now I understand all the sacrifices my parents made. My mom would breastfeed me and my 3 siblings having eaten nothing herself. Looking back at the situation, I can say that I appreciate my parents more for their sacrifice and the struggles they went through. Luckily, we were able to make it through our struggles and rise above it. After settling in a refugee in Kenya where we were able to start a new life, I started going to school. After a while I finished school and started a family of my own. My first child was born in Kenya and shortly after that we had the opportunity to move to the U.S. After moving to the U.S, we faced many more challenges. The biggest challenge was the language barrier. I could not speak English when I first came here, and as a result I was afraid to go anywhere and was always home. I also had to learn how to drive, which enabled me to do more things. Now I have five kids and life could not be more beautiful. I attend college and three of my kids are in elementary school, while the other two are too young. From what I have learned from my past struggles, I can prepare better for the future. I learned many lessons along the way. I have made some mistakes and from those mistakes. I learned from them and made sure not to repeat them. I am a better person because of my struggles. I plan on furthering my education by getting an associate’s degree from CCA. After I attain my associates. I plan on finding a comfortable job and improving my life for the better. If everything works out. I might even someday pursue a bachelor degree. I plan to set an example for my kids. I want them to see that if their mom got this far, so can they. Although life has always been rough in the past, I am thankful for how things have turned out. Everyone faces challenges, but what makes life sweet is not knowing what is going to come out of those challenges. Life is guaranteed to have challenges, but the difference in changing those challenges to a blessing is how you react and respond to them. Patience is also key to dealing with struggles in life, but all of that is learned from the challenges itself.

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