The more we live in Lebanon, the more we are running out of reasons to stay. Many factors these days have made this country unlivable, and its deteriorating economy has made its citizens question their existence in their homeland.
However, we tend to disregard many other vital factors that make Lebanon a country worth hanging on to and fight for.
Whether you see this as an important factor or not, you can’t ignore Lebanon’s special weather pattern that grants us smooth seasons.
Unlike many countries that endure harsh weather or environmental hazards, Lebanon is not subject to devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, (natural) floods, extreme cold, long winters under the snow, harsh heat, and the like.
Lebanon’s geography is a fusion of natural features that are simply rare to find together in other lands. Wherever you go, you’ve got impeccable views.
If you’re in the mountains, you get to enjoy the panoramic view of the coastal cities and the Mediterranean Sea. Likewise, when at the coast or at the beach, you get to feel the mountains having your back; so to speak. They are a mighty beauty.
It is true we have impossible traffic in some cities yet, unlike in most countries, there is much we can do across Lebanon in an hour or so.
We’ve been taking it for granted that we can escape the city’s summer heat to the cool freshness of the mountains in less than an hour, some even 20 minutes. Yet, it is truly a blessing not granted to many.
Besides, we can easily move from city to city on a bike or a low-rent taxi. We can take short road trips and reach the far south or far north of Lebanon. Whereas a similar road trip in the USA or Canada, for example, could take you several days.
True, Lebanon is a small country and is currently missing vital amenities but it has numerous other ones that make life in the country exciting. Point is, you can never get bored in Lebanon.
The Lebanese lifestyle is irreplaceable. We are social-junkies, getting together for any reason, and without reason, on weekdays as on weekends. We simply love life and love to enjoy it with everybody.
Let’s acknowledge it. It adds to the richness of living in Lebanon.
#4 Remarkable education
For such a small country, we’ve got a remarkable education.
Adding to the multilingual must, Lebanon has low-to-almost-free tuition in its Lebanese University (LU) and public schools so that all social classes are able to get educated up to their postgraduate degree(s).
Both private and public schools are on the same professional level. You undertake different types of tests such as SATs, Islets, and Toffel, which makes local private universities compete internationally.
#3 Familiarity & Sense of Belonging
Because Lebanon is such a small country, the interconnection among its people is easily detected.
Let’s put it this way: It’s rare in Lebanon that one doesn’t know a person who knows another who is related to another who’s acquainted with someone who… happens to be your neighbor or your cousin or your colleague at work.
How many times have you been asked, when first introduced to a Lebanese in Lebanon, “What’s your relation to…” that fellow or that other? And not so rarely told back, “Oh, but I know your uncle!” or father, or grandfather? You might have even found yourselves related.
That’s home. That’s living in Lebanon and never feeling alone or, as we say, “cut off from the tree.”
What makes Lebanon really unique is its people. Living in Lebanon is being surrounded by people who care, whether you like it or not.
We might differ in political opinions or ideologies, and we might fight here and there, but we care enough to forget all about it if the other gets sick or needs help. We simply rush to them.
How many times have your neighbor knocked on your door concerned for haven’t seen you leave the house for two days? Or to bring you a plate of her warak enab or a plate of fresh tabouleh of her making?