Living here for the past few years I have met a lot of characters and always seem to stumble across this same hot topic. It’s always ignited through a need for someone to bond insistently through their belief that Bahrain is not a real life. I’m definitely not the right person to say this too because I’m living a real life here with ups and downs but the difference is, I’m grateful for what I experience and the country I live in.
As people beat their own drum on this topic, I simply listen at first and then I ask them if they really hear what they are saying? It’s usually followed by an escalation of weak point proving attempts such as my favorite when they puff up and almost unappreciatively make the statement “I haven’t done my own laundry in years since living here”. As if to mean doing your own laundry and cleaning your own home is enough to make it a real world. I loved what my New Yorker friend Sarah stated when I asked her opinion on this as she commented: “Would life in Bahrain be considered real if we walked to a well for water?”
Many equate what is considered the real world with levels of suffering, inconvenience or lack of privileges, or anything opposite to what their paradigm about real life is. Pain is relative.
The reality is the fact some people who move to Bahrain can actually live a more privileged lifestyle here makes it unreal to them and they have to complain about it.
When I share my point of view people it comes with this advice “why not look at life in Bahrain from an upstream point of view? Focus on the appreciation for some of the privileges which would be less likely in your home country which gives you more time with your loved ones”.
A tropical beach is no less real than a dark street corner and Bahrain life is just one of the many versions of real life on planet earth, even if some people don’t do their own laundry.
Luna Hageali is a certified Management Developer with 20+ years global experience of working with organizations and individuals to maximize their potential.
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