Before settling in the Gulf, i had just graduated from University in my home country. Filled with ambition and willingness to work. Well that ambition didn’t last long.
Lebanon…a beautiful country, my homeland. Nature that can cure your eyesight; Mountains so green and filled with life that make you want to retire and live in a campsite, Sea so pure and vast,so close, making you want to take a dip with your working clothes on for a change. 18 different religions intermingling with each other, Churches sound their bells as Mosques start their prayers. I will never forget that image. The sun settling in behind the horizon turning the sky red, as bells and prayers echo together, in sync with the sea’s wavy surface. Beautiful.
Nevertheless, beauty alone wont put a shelter above your head. Lebanon has deep social, political, and economical issues that will remain forever in my point of view. Those issues are enough for most of its youth to flee the country in search for job opportunities and better pay. Such a pity, but we have to face reality.
As i had just finished my university studies, i was approached with a job opportunity in an African Country. The pay was well, the services were amazing, and the experience would have been great, just one problem: it was either me or my best friend “Tom”. Tom was a very cool dude, but he didn’t know what he wanted in life and where he would go next. I had a basic idea of what i wanted. From the start i had a picture of me working in the Arabian Gulf region for experience and opportunities.
The interviewer picked me eventually.
As i was going to sleep, a rush of thoughts and emotions kicked in. Damn you human mind and your night revelations.
I felt that somehow if i take that job, i am betraying my friend…he was happy for me, but i wasn’t anymore. I felt that if i go, nothing will remain the same. It was a gut feeling that was striking me so hard. Was it a sign ? was in my conscience trying to tell me something. Well whatever that was i listened. Next morning i called the employer, and told them i am out.
Tom is now in Africa, happy & enjoying life and his job. I am happy. He deserves it.
I am in the Arabian Gulf.
Your Conscience talks. Listen.