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The Saudi dream can be just one click away!


I’m a Saudi citizen living in Saudi Arabia and I know that life here, like anywhere else, can be hard sometimes. Especially to Saudi women. To wait on a driver, to wear black Abaya, (a loose gown that covers a woman’s full body) in the heat, “thanks God recently they have been colored”, 
to deal with mockery and attack in Twitter just because your opinion is different from the crowd. 

Trust me, It was only a few months ago when I realized that I have been carrying my concerns with me wherever I travel. Eventually I was defined by those problems; “the girl who can’t read maps because she doesn’t drive a car”, “the girl in long sleeves in August”, “the girl who is always busy”

Now, I believed those labels which others put on me. It was until I realized that I am not defined by boundaries of others. I am a bigger soul and can always change my reality to fit new visions which “I”choose for myself, not my family or friends or even country. Every single day.

But Is that easy to do? Nope! 

And No, traveling away from Saudi does not change who you are at your core. Trust me, it doesn’t turn you into a happy individual if you are an ungrateful being. If you love to sit all day and do nothing except for checking your social media websites, you will remain that way outside Saudi. If you hate your spouse, traveling away from Saudi won’t fix your feelings. If you complain about how unfair life is and how people hate you for no reason, that’s what you will encounter outside. You see? You carry your inside self with you wherever you go. Your inside forms your outside view.

In the history of Saudi Arabia, April 25 of this year was a day to remember. Every Saudi citizen waited for it so impatiently. Saudi and all Arab nations have been busy talking ever since about the announcement of the new Vision of Saudi Arabia that will be implemented starting 2030. Everybody was on the wait to know how the country which has lavishly relied on oil, is going to continue living without its number one source of wealth a few years from now. Some expected that would be a nightmare for Saudis. Thanks to a wise foresight vision, it is not. 

So what did Saudis expect out of the announcement?

Almost every Saudi had a hope that his/her own personal future would prosper along with the future of their country after that announcement. 

Everybody is thinking about the changes that King Salman has issued and will put into action in the country. And this is not the first time for Saudis to be in a state of eager anticipation. Most Saudis though would be more concerned about the impact of those changes on their own lives first and foremost. Out of all those what most people would expect are salary increase, women driving, finding jobs for old graduates, giving out extra salaries, decreasing the number of hours at work…etc. 

Most Saudis think that those changes would touch our life and turn it upside down. Changes that turn us into happy people; hopefully happier than people living in UAE as they ranked first in the region according to the World Happiness Report 2016.

Changes that will be able to give each one of us, a life vision. 

Why?

Because let’s face it; most Saudis live with no vision for their lives. They worry about the future way too much, but are too lazy to properly plan it. Thus they end up losing the present as well.

Twitter, which is used by over 1 million active Saudi users, was flooded in that date with hashtags expecting the changes prior to the announcement. If you look closely at many of those hashtags, you will see that they are a list of wishes people want to have in their lives.

For a moment, you would think that Twitter is a tool for people to achieve their dreams and that’s where the problem starts. The furthest thing a Saudi Twitter enthusiast can go to, to actualize their dream is to tweet about it in some viral hashtag demanding a higher authority to do it for them while they sit restfully watching TV and drinking tea. They think that their dreams is just a click away. That’s all it takes.

No. Let me straighten things up for you. You are part of that Saudi Vision. Saudi Vision is not happening if you think you are an outsider. You need to understand that you belong to this country as much as it belongs to you. No matter how small you think you are.

Saudi vision controls your outside world. Only. Your own personal decisions to improve your life style and thus become happier rely on you. Solely. Don’t ever wait for a reading group to start reading. Don’t wait for a breakdown to change your horrible job or boring major. 

“But the country has no jobs of my desired major or work preference?” Some would say

That delusion only exists in your mind. Many people have changed jobs and majors and became happier ever after. Do you want to be an exception or a rule? That’s up to you.

Your existence is no coincidence. The change you are seeking is internal. That’s how you alter your outside world. Please stop blaming your unhappiness on your country. On your culture. On your family or your past. Stop living on the hope that some new future announcements of any sort will help you transform your life because it will be the same till you decide to be responsible for it. Are you still waiting?

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Hello,

Thanks for reading my post of this week! 

If you enjoyed it try reading my other posts as well. They are as cool. Guaranteed!

Also if you enjoyed reading it, please tell me! Hit “like” or leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you. You may even share it with your readers and make my day💚

My name is Noor and I write from Saudi Arabia. I like to dance, write and eat bagels.

If you’ve got any questions about Islam, Arabs or Saudi, try asking me. I might have an answer that will satisfy your curiosity!

Love,

Noor💚

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37 thoughts on “The Saudi dream can be just one click away!

  1. This post has given me a lot to think about. We want to sit back and wait for our dreams to unfold, we feel they are just one click away but sitting and wishing does nothing. Thanks for sharing dearest Noor.

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  2. I think there are some really good points in this post I think a just and wise government vision is a very important thing; but at the same time, this does not mean that a just and wise personal vision is any less important. It may be even more important, as it is what would help us survive in situations when a government’s vision doesn’t work as well as everyone thought it would (governments compete, like businesses … sometimes even the best plans are undone by the actions of those with competing interests).

    I also liked what was written here about people retaining much of their ‘typical’ traits and attitudes while travelling abroad. I agree with it to an extent. Some people travel away from their homes for the chance to become, even if for only a short time, something they cannot (or choose not to) be at home. Yet even when doing so, they tend to do so from the perspectives they bring with them. This isn’t always a bad thing – it’s good to remain true to our own selves – but it does sometimes seem like an opportunity that isn’t fully explored.

    Perhaps my favorite words from this post are the following: “Saudi vision controls your outside world. Only. Your own personal decisions to improve your life style and thus become happier rely on you. Solely.” There is much wisdom in these words. One of the things I have allowed to guide my life is the philosophy of the ancient Stoics – a part of which demonstrates that choice may be one of the few things in our lives that actually, truly belong to us. What will we do with the choices we have? We could certainly choose to sit back and blame external influences for why our lives do not go as we would want them; or we could get ourselves away from Twitter (which I have never used!) and get on with the business of living the lives we’ve been granted. Whatever god or gods one might believe in, I’m sure no one believes the Universe and our lives were created so we could squander our days in virtual reality the way it seems so many prefer to do.

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    1. Thank you so much for your amazing comment! I like it when I have readers who can not only read what I write, but analyze it and be able to agree/disagree with its content..
      It’s indeed a mix between the country’s vision and the vision of the individual for him/herself that creates happiness from within..
      I hope more people are able to figure that out by now by themselves! Many people get busy studying others’ lives; on TV, social media..and run away from their deep self within..it’s scary no doubt about it, but that’s actually what makes us humans:)
      I’m glad about your comment. Feel free to read and comment on other posts as well 🙂 they are as cool👏🏽

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      1. Sometimes there is more to be learned in polite disagreement than even the most vigorous agreement 🙂 You write clearly and eloquently, and what I have read in your blog reflects views and perspectives that are well thought-out … it is much easier to form an opinion about the topics here when they are expressed as well as they are 🙂

        I share your hope that more people will rediscover that happiness comes from within. I believe that if our world were filled with more genuinely happy people, there would be much less room for the malcontents who seem to be running loose wherever one looks in the world.

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  3. “And No, traveling away from Saudi does not change who you are at your core. Trust me, it doesn’t turn you into a happy individual if you are an ungrateful being. If you love to sit all day and do nothing except for checking your social media websites, you will remain that way outside Saudi. If you hate your spouse, traveling away from Saudi won’t fix your feelings. If you complain about how unfair life is and how people hate you for no reason, that’s what you will encounter outside. You see? You carry your inside self with you wherever you go. Your inside forms your outside view.”

    This. This should be required reading worldwide for anyone thinking of making any big decision.

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      1. Haha! I had to check on my I-Phone. 🙂 Cynical is good sometimes. (Not always). It means looking at the world as it really is. It was an important school of thouhgt/Philosophy in Ancient Greeece. Au revoir, Lumière. 😉 (Wink) 🙂

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  4. Do you see Islam as a religion that allows you love and freedom? I am just trying to understand why women stay in it when they are so controlled by the men. I hope I haven’t hurt your feelings, I am just curious.

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Sorry for taking long to get back to you on this.
      To comment on your questions, as a Muslim who reads, travels, writes and thinks for herself, yes I do see Islam as a religion of love and freedom.
      Women aren’t controlled by men unless they want to. Unless they are convinced that they are less. Unless they are raised to believe that their one mission in life is to have a guardian who looks after her, like she can’t do that herself.
      Women of the sort can be found everywhere. Regardless of religion.
      And if they are found in Islam more than other religions, then that has nothing to do with the correct understanding of Islam.
      Most of such the wrong religious practices done under Islam as a cover, are purely cultural, never religious.
      Many people are ignorant and unfortunately that’s what goes out in the media.
      There are so many highly educated and cultured Muslim women, many of whom are Saudis.
      If you’re interested, we can talk about that further.
      💚 keep coming to my blog:)

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      1. Thank you for explaining this to me. I am glad that you are free and strong. My husband is a professor here in the United States, and he has several male and female students from Saudi Arabia. I had wondered how the women were allowed to go to another country to get an education.

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