Friday, September 25, 2020

‘GO TLA SIAMA!’ THE MEANING BEHIND IT

It shall be well! Go tla siama!
There is certainly more that meets the eye to this statement and we certainly have different interpretations of it.

I was telling my friend that I do not want to hear anymore of this clich├® this year. All I need to do is get up and do what I think is best for me. She actually thought I was just being the usual me, melodramatic.
Just think of it.

You tell your friend of how sad you are because you failed your road test but all you get is “go tla siama!”

I need that drivers licence as in now. Ok, I can always book for another test although that means a hand in my pocket and hopefully I will pass this time around.
Some situations do not really call for this statement.

Imagine, you tell your best friend how your man beat you to a pulp and then fell down on your knees to apologise but you just do not want anything to do with that monster anymore but you do not know how to get about it.

Embrace yourself girl friend because a pitying “Go tla siama” is certainly on your way.

That obviously was not the first time he beat you and certainly not the last. Now, here you are being told that it shall be well while being turned into a punching bag.

What exactly shall be well? The beatings? You will get so used to them that they will be fine and won’t feel much of a pain or you just have to accept that it is part of life?
I hit one of the streets of our capital Gaborone to hear some people’s take on this statement.

Phemelo Ketsebae finds solace in it. “It shall pass. Whatever painful thing that I am going through shall pass and go tla siama.”

Nthabi Ntseane on the other hand has different feelings altogether. “Nna go a ntena tota ka gore ga ke itse gore go siamisa mang.” (I hate this because I do not know who is being made well here.)

Moabi Mabe finds it to be rather dismissive. “The statement is dismissive. I expect to be given an option you know.”

You really have to bear with me here if you think am being harsh but no matter what you think of it, the hope that it certainly gives, just calls for your action; the hope is in this action.

You do not have to sit on that situation and expect people to say it shall be well while you do nothing about it.

Change that direction and try another door then it shall be well.

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