Proud to be Omani
Last year at around this time, in the privacy of my room and under the light of my study lamp, I wrote a letter that was never mailed.
In this article, I include a bit of what I wrote that night.
“To the man who stole 3mn hearts, I always spoke of how I wish to meet you for at least five minutes. I have so many questions, enquiries and topics to ask and discuss with you. How did you do it? What were your biggest struggles? Do you know that with everything you accomplished you have set a high standard to what achieving means? Do you realise the amount of pride you have allowed us to take upon raising our red, green and white flag? Do you have any idea how proud I am as an Omani studying abroad to state the many qualities of Oman and our leader to those foreigners who know very little of how great our Oman has become?
“Perhaps I can’t get my five minutes of interview, but let it be known that you have made it a duty for all Omanis to continue what you have started so passionately. You made it my duty to make everyone fall in love with the vibrant country, I so proudly call my own. The values, morals and advice you have presented throughout the past half a century, changed not only a country, but the people in it as well.
Do I still wish to meet you? Yes. But if I don’t, I’ll be content knowing that I have come to realise the prominent role you took, hence try my best to continue towards the vision you have in mind.”
On that night, and between the words of that letter were also promises from myself to become a better citizen. And by no longer expecting the country to provide everything for me, I decided to become a candle to my country rather than ashes.
And in saying so, I would like to direct my article to every single Omani in regard to this amazing day when we all joined voices and our pulses to a lovely chant of peace and gratitude. I have been watching the many pictures and videos of the celebrations going on in many parts of Oman, and while I wished deeply to be within my land and with my people, I also felt a growing sense of dread as I saw the inappropriate ways that were used as means to celebrate our National Day, a day that should be celebrated with achievements, traditions and common culture.
But it was rather abused by inappropriate dancing by our youth on the streets, blocking access for cars, walking wildly dressed as women, or even the disturbing music that was played.
Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that this day calls for a great measure of happiness, but does it mean that we should take this day as an excuse to showcase incivility? A day that our reputation as peaceful, thoughtful and well-mannered people be proven wrong? Is this how we should celebrate a man who has provided us with the resources to succeed in the country?
All these questions are merely a point I am trying to convey to our great human capital of youth: We need you to be thinkers and achievers. Always think of our National Day as what you can do to pay back your debt to your country, think of what your talents can add to the development of Oman.
Make us even more proud with your footprints on the ladder of success.
Simply, be an Omani.