I lived in Lebanon for a total of 10 years. And thanks to this beautiful country, I have acquired many positive personal traits that I never knew I had in me. So to cut it short, here’s 5 reasons why you should live in Lebanon:
1. You will master the “Art of Patience”
Yes! it’s true! you will become the most patient self-contained person you know. Many factors will help you reach that point but to me, it was traffic. At first, I used to struggle with traffic crossing 2KM in half an hour inside the city. With practice, I learned to enjoy Traffic, listening to my favorite songs, snapchatting, replying to 3 months old unanswered chats and so on. Thus becoming the most patient and understanding person I know. Everything sounds easier now!
2. You will become as good as Trump in Politics
Naturally, without studying the history of Lebanon, the culture, or even internal politics; you will learn everything about politics and your teachers will be: taxi drivers, friends, acquaintances, strangers, janitors, television – pretty much everything and everyone around you will give you an intensive training in politics. Trust me!
3. You will be well informed of all Godly – & non-Godly – Religions
Lebanon is so diverse, it holds more than 5 different religions split into almost 28 different sects combined. And all it takes to know everything about them is a gathering with a group of 8 at the nearest local bar. You’ll remember me later, or possibly change your beliefs!
4. You will experience all Four Seasons – Literally!
This is a blessing for some, and a curse for others, in my case I love all four seasons. Spring is green and shiny. Summer is a million degrees with 100% humidity that gets fungus building under your armpits in minutes. Fall is yellow and bloomy. Winter is rain, snow, Christmas, fireplace and marshmallows. Beautiful!
5. You will be a Real-Life Survivor
Living in Lebanon taught me how to survive almost anything.. wars, terrorist attacks, random shootings, poverty, no water or electricity, dial-up internet speed, fatal car crashes, and many more to mention. It is guaranteed that you will learn how to adapt and survive anywhere in the world under any harsh circumstances.
In conclusion I believe that living in Lebanon is the best thing that ever happened to me. I live in Beirut and despite all the negative aspects in this country, I still think the positives are a lot more and with a pure loving heart to Lebanon, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.