It’s always impressive how the work of one person or a small group of people can have an impact on our society. It’s one thing to see a genius scientist making a difference but it’s another thing to witness an equally significant impact done by the work of people like you and me.
Progressively after the Arab spring, Omanis have felt the need to react to local events and news, sometimes aggressively, and fight for their point of view. What keeps them going is the fact that they know that government officials cannot afford to ignore the locals anymore, as all eyes are on them.
Whenever I travel with my family, there’s always someone lecturing us about being careful. Not of pickpockets or strangers, but of how we behave. When we go to Dubai and my brothers wear their Omani dishdashas and they’re about to do something that might look bad, my mother nudges them and warns them that whatever they do can go far beyond stares from others.
If one morning you get ready to leave for work only to find that one of your car tyres is flat, would you go back to bed and call in sick? Or would you find other ways to get to work?
Two years ago, I placed my forehead on the window of my living room to watch a few workers paint our red European-style roof blue. My mother believes that a physical change in the appearance of our home, no matter how small, will change the vibe inside into a more positive one. And because red is not exactly a very peaceful colour, we chose to paint it blue. Blue for sky. Blue for ocean.