I have heard words like this said to me:
“Go back to your country.”
And I have also heard words like this said to me:
“Oh. That’s cool. Tell me more…”
And that’s what I love to hear.
It’s funny how everybody says to a person that looks unique to them , “Go back to your country.”
But they probably don’t realize that:
Everyone is a foreigner somewhere.
Yep. That’s true.
But before I go into that, let me explain why I’m so grateful that I’m the son of beautiful South Sudanese immigrants who are my mother and father.
A long time ago, I would have been like , “Why me?”
When I moved from a big city to a medium-sized city in the 5th grade, I had a feeling that there were not going to be a lot of people like me. . .
But, I was wrong.
Like right now, I live in an apartment complex, and it’s full of people from different cultures, and ethnic backgrounds.
Later, I’ve come to embrace my beautiful South Sudanese heritage into a part of me, and for anyone who doesn’t like it:
Forget them .
And on that topic, “Everyone is a foreigner somewhere.”, I mean there is going to be people in foreign places.
And to be honest, everyone is a foreigner to each other!
So, people should literally tell that to every person they meet, which would be pretty exhausting.
But, honestly I don’t care, and these points will explain why.
Okay let’s really start:
The food is different from everyone else’s
Every culture has different food, depending on the climate, farming, etc.
Like for example, in most of Africa we eat this thing called fufu, look it up.
But, in Sudan, we call it asida.
Fufu is the most well-known name of the dish, but it’s the same thing.
We also have another food called kisra, which is soo good with greens.
Kisra is like a Sudanese version of flatbread, which is also pretty tasty.
Another example of food in another culture can be naan, which is like the flatbread of the Middle East and South Asia.
I know that because my mother bought it one time and we ate it with another Sudanese dish, molokhia, and it was so delicious!
There are many other foods and dishes all throughout the world , just try it and you’ll be amazed!
It makes me stand out
It really does make us stand out.
Especially if we have a distiguished feature about us that makes us different from everyone else.
I remember when I wore a dashiki to school, and people were like:
Classmates: Bro, what the heck are you wearing?
Me: I’m wearing a dashiki.
Classmates: Wait, what?
Me: A daashiikii…
Classmates: Oh that’s cool. I just like the print.
Me: Oh thank you.
Just for you guys who don’t know, here’s what a dashiki looks like:
Another unique piece of clothing that can make people stand out is the sari, which is a traditional garment worn by females of the Indian subcontinent.
See, here it is:
If you want to get noticed , then do or be something that makes you different from everyone else.
That’s why I’m so grateful of being a son of immigrants. DUH!
It makes me proud of my culture
I am very fortunate to have people from my country that live all around the world.
It just made me feel like part of this huge, gigantic community that share the same values, and culture.
In my parents home country, there are soo many different tribes, and religions.
But, abroad we are part of this enormous community that has the same rules.
So for this one, realize that you’re never alone!
What time is it?
Take 5 minutes to be grateful of your family, heritage, and your life.
Because being grateful is one of the most positive things you can do.
Oh, and for a bonus assignment, do something that shows the uniqueness of your culture.
Like for example, if your family has this weird tradition of painting their hands, then paint your hands!
Tell me how it goes in the comments below. . .
Here’s the special quote for this blog post:
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, orgin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Be proud of your culture, and yourself.
Live your life guys.
P.S: We’ve all been through tough times, read how it molded and changed my life here.