Status Post Four Months – 10 Things I’ve Learned While in Saudi Arabia
My four-month anniversary has come and gone. I was going to forego this months Things I’ve Learned post and do a combined four & five month post (the sole reason being I was just lazy,) but it seems a four-month status update is called for. Lots of questions and issues pending and hanging around unanswered, so I will try to address all that has been put out there.
1) I have learned that a lot of my non-blogging friends/family do not read my blog. Ha!
My initial intention in starting this blog was to keep my family and friends updated on my little adventure when I relocated to Saudi Arabia. It just made sense and seemed logical to update in one place. But I want to tell you my non-reading friends/family that you do not need to keep up here because I have learned that I didn’t really start this blog for you, I started it for myself. Through this blog I’ve seen how much I’ve grown – as a blogger and as an individual. My blog grows as I do. I love seeing it grow stronger and more adventurous and more confident. Because that means that is where my personal growth is occurring as well. So I really do not mind if you only check in every so often or on certain posts – I’m cool with that.
And I must add a disclaimer: I know who you are and I know you are there my little devotees who follow every post and every word!
2) I have learned to do all my shopping (malls included) & errands after midnight during the month of Ramadan.
3) And I have learned that not everything HAS to be done NOW or that my local grocery store needs to be open 24-Hours
Lots of questions about this. For Muslims around the world today is the start of Eid al Fitr, which is the celebration and feasting after the fasting during the entire holy month of Ramadan. I or any ex-pat in Saudi Arabia were not forced to fast. We were not forced to fast at work or within our compounds. We simply had to be discreet if out in public while the sun was out. But the thing is, not too many folks, ex-pats or locals, were out and about during day light hours. During the month of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia day turns into night and night turns into day. Nothing, I mean nothing, was open during the day except essential businesses (i.e. hospitals). But things would come to life after the sun was down. Hence me doing shopping & errands after midnight.
And now for an entire week there will be feasting and celebrating and good old Saudi fun. There definitely will be a lot of sweets & coffee to be had…
4) I have learned that people want the small details – That is what makes things interesting.
I do wear an abaya, essentially a black cloak, when out-an-about in general public. I do not wear a head covering. I wear normal scrubs at work with no head covering. Outside of city-limits I do not wear an abaya, I do not wear an abaya when hiking in the desert, or when I work-out.
5) I have learned that ALL the people in your life come into it for a reason
Some come into your life to teach you something , and some have big-bang-whammys for you and some small but profound lessons. Some people come into your life to show you how far you’ve come. Some come into your life to show you what you do not want and some show you how much farther you have to go. Some stay in your life for a long time. Some are just passing through. And some need to be released for they and/or you have learned the lessons needed and there is nothing left to learn except to move on.