It’s been a while I didn’t post anything new, I was busy with a few changes in my life triggered by the fact that i’ll be closing the door on the 2nd decade of my life in a couple of weeks.
I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, such as; my future, my career, my goals, and changes that should be made.
I started weighing my goals vs ways to achieve them which required certain steps to be taken, and one of them,is to seek a job abroad that will kickstart my planned future one way or another.
Don’t get me wrong,i was right on track when it comes to my career and my previous job was amazing when it comes to the company as well as it’s staff.. but staying in leb would have had to postpone my goals a couple of years ahead instead of starting to build for my future on firm ground as of right now. So moving abroad was a path I had to take.
I started to look here and there for open vacancies, not really looking but just keeping my eyes opened . Till one day I got notified by an old colleague of mine that there were an opening in his firm which requires me to work abroad. After checking the conditions which required me to make certain sacrifices in certain areas I accepted the move and went into the hiring and negotiation process till I finally got what I wanted.
Obviously, I had lots of concerns and a long list of first times and what ifs.. (First time I leave lebanon,work abroad,live alone,what if it didnt work, what if i didnt like it,…) that haunted me for a little over a week which were finally set at rest by a much appreciated Ms. Nathalie, aka @virus2309 who lives in dubai. She had the answers to every question I ever had, and even more (For that i’ll be eternally grateful. )
Now i know what you might be thinking, I’m not the first person to work abroad nor would I be the last so it shouldn’t be such a big deal. guess what! you’re almost right if it weren’t of the little insider tips that does actually make a big difference.
So by 28th of october I had everything set! Resigned my old job, prepared my bags, had a place ready to rent over in qatar,issued an international driving license, I even knew what kind of car I’ll be renting and eventually buying thanks to www.qatarliving.com . Everything was going perfectly until the day I’ve found out that my visa got rejected for security reasons. and it all went down hill from there. (I assure you am not a terrorist.. oh and it’s worth to note that to this day I’m not sure what that security reason is as they didn’t accept to share that info.)
After 5 weeks of emails bouncing back and forth between my firm and the representatives in qatar. It ended up in me dropping the qatar deal and staying in leb.I won’t deny it! It was frustrating, it was annoying, it was one of those things that makes you want to burst in rage and blame someone, but you don’t have anyone to blame as it’s no ones fault.
I tried my best to keep an optimistic look at things, and I honestly were for a little while until all hell broke loose. Shit hit the fan on so many fronts and as much as i’d hate to admit it, I did actually feel indifferent and sort of numb for a while. Until one day I decided to step back and reevaluate my situation and here’s what i came up with:
- I’ve learned that the arab world makes it easier for none arabs to visit/work in their country than arabs themselves.
- I’ve learned that taking a leap of faith in life changing decisions isn’t a bad thing with all things considered.
- I’ve learned that we’re not ALL going to hell, as there’s still good people who genuinely mean well and help without asking for anything in return.
- I’ve learned that control is an illusion, and you never know where a path might lead you.
I’ve learned a lot of things these past few weeks, and i’ll finish this post with the one thats most important of all : there’s never a bad situation, as long as you learned to benefit from what you’ve experienced through it.