It is great to remember all those fun experiences back home; gallayeh, mansaf, outings. but, there are many more reasons to leave Jordan than to stay in it, hence we have left. relatively, Jordan is a great country in a region of violence, oppression, and nosiness. But, there are some drawbacks that make leaving Jordan a goal for many.
here in the states, I can count on the Postal Service to deliver my mail in a timely fashion, without opening it!
I can go to the DMV and have my business taken care of without the need for Wasta or dealing with the attitudes of some Jordanian public sector employees.
I can ride my motorcycle without adhering to an engine size limit or being registered with a company.
I can go out of my house and speak my mind regarding the secret service, the CIA, the FBI, or even the president in any way I see fit without risking being arrested and humiliated along with the rest of my whole family.
In this country opportunities are truly unlimited, you can start a business any day of the week, charge as much as you would like, and make as much money as you want, with the least government intervention. yeah, prices are set by you, not the government.
I can sit and relax at home without the fear of “surprise” visits of relatives or neighbors.
I can go in and out of my house without a tally being kept by a neighbor.
I can walk to the many parks in my town and enjoy a day of fresh air without the annoying sight of garbage and leftovers of park goers in Jordan.
I can go to any city and enjoy a multitude of artistic talents, theater, fine art, Chinese art or Indian art, or people banging on garbage cans. All that without being described as weird.
I can go to college without having finished high-school (yes, I never finished past 1 1th grade in Jordan nor in the states)
I can skip a semester of college to work, take a break, travel, or whatever reason I see appropriate, without fearing being disciplined.
I can read any book, magazine, newspaper, and watch any TV station and listen to any radio station knowing that I have the option of listening to all points of views.
I can go to any coffee shop, restaurant, theater and not be directed to “singles section.”
I can approach a girl and ask her what time of day it is with out the risk of being beat up by her cousins or her killed by her brothers.
I can speak my mind about any subject in front of my friends without developing animosity because I do not subscribe to their thoughts.
I can stay single all my life without being pressured to get married and have a dozen kids.
I can nominate myself and get elected to the Students’ association (I have!) at my college without any government intervention or influence.
I can walk into my college, and anybody else for that matter. without jumping fences, or showing IDs.
In college, I can pick my own courses. hell, I can design my own major and still have a degree recognized the world over.
on the weekend, especially a three-day weekend such as this one, I can sleep in, and wake to the sound of what ever, instead of the ringing bell of vistors or the screems of kids in the streets.
in the states you can go months at a time without hearing one car honking!
you can also expect drivers to stick to their lanes on the road and not honk at you as soon as the light turns green.
But somehow, I still miss Jordan. why, can you tell me?