Our Future?! ...5:27 PM
I have been asked this question by so many of my international friends and I keep holding back and think hard of what to answer it by. I am for sure, as many know me, darn proud and super honored to be an Omani and I know for a fact that I might be one of the very many patriotic children who grew up at times when we heard the stories of how our families were scattered all over the world before the 70s. We grew up with family members coming together but when they spoke they all had different accents, they all had different backgrounds and led very unfamiliar childhood lives. And when they came together as one back again, no one was more ecstatic than being given a second chance of being a family. I can see it in the older generations' eyes, their contempt, their happiness and even more their gratitude the reunion they once thought would never happen. They were re-united once again under the flagship of one country, under the wise leadership of a man. A man who we all grew up to see as a father figure. A man we grew up to call Baba Qaboos no matter how old we are getting to be. It didn't matter that some of us already hit or are hitting their 40s but they still choose to call him that rather than His Majesty. We would forever cheer and whistle and scream in awe every time his name was mentioned or picture was displayed. For we are the sons and daughters, the ones who carry the name on our backs.We are patriotic, we love this country, we would give our hearts and soul for this soil, but 'does it give you hope?'
A question I get asked lately. Throughout these 40 years I have read, seen and been part of the future. So what hope would it give me if I already have hope that things are going to be better. But then a question startled me when an Egyptian friend asked me 'What would you mostly wish to see gone?'. There she said it, a question that would make any person yap and yap unendingly but I stayed silent. After her urging for an answer, I replied with one word, and one word only 'Wasta'.