DO YOU DREAM OF A BETTER LIFESTYLE – I wonder how many of us would change our lives if we could. I also wonder how many of us would turn back the clock if we could; just to make things better and avoid some of those terrible mistakes.
Ah, good old Frank Sinatra and the famous song ‘My Way’… for regrets I’ve had a few. I guess we all have but the reality of life is that we can but move forward with knowledge of our mistakes in order to avert making them again.
I consider myself quite fortunate to have been born in the United Kingdom. Here is a country that whilst it will turn you as red as a boiled lobster one day in the summer months you could just as easily be making a snowman the next. Yes the British weather is a fickle mistress but good old blighty does have its benefits.
Travel is one of those benefits for many countries will openly welcome the British visitor when presenting the British passport with the Crown embossed on the front. The British passport also allows us to emigrate to pastures new for many countries will happily accept a Brit providing they can sustain their residency.
For the last couple of years I’ve seriously considering packing up and trying something completely different. I’ve always felt the cold and even when it’s a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius I still feel a little chilly.
It’s not getting any easier neither as I approach 50 the days seem to get colder; certainly summer feels like it is over in the blink of an eye whilst the winter months appear to drag on relentlessly.
About a year ago I watched a video (see main video above) on the changing face of Dubai and for some reason I’ve had a hankering to visit. I did actually pass through Dubai airport a number of years ago and the airport itself was pretty incredible with rows of expensive shops; selling everything from a plastic watch to a gold and diamond necklace that would cost a kings random.
I’m sure many people might cringe at the thought of Dubai; mainly considering its deep rooted Islamic religious regime.
As I understand Dubai it is a little more relaxed. Yes they do have laws that are contrived from the religious teachings of Islam and yes they can be rigorously enforced but it can’t be all that bad for it attracts a growing number of foreign visitors and resident each year.
I watched another video (see below) last night on the building of the Burj Al Arab. It was a fascinating documentary detailing how they managed to create a man-made island and build a hotel that was not only architecturally challenging but is completely stunning and which created an icon for Dubai.
The one thing I really like about the ‘idea’ of Dubai is their willingness to look beyond conventional thinking and create dreams.
Dubai was once just a trading post that in the 1960’s discovered oil. The leaders of Dubai were, even back then, forward thinkers as they knew that the vast wealth generated from oil wasn’t going to last and therefore took the decision to use that wealth to create the ultimate tourist destination.
Like any place in the world Dubai has it fair share of controversy; this mainly comes from foreign residents who think that the modern world should not consist of laws that contrived from a Holly Book. However, Dubai has its customs and requirements and therefore one should accept these if one wishes to live in such a society.
Above my computer is a wall adorned with a number of photographs. These include a picture of The Palm, in Dubai (another incredible feat of engineering – see video below), a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Private Jet and a Super Yacht.
These images are to remind me that no dream is impossible and keeps me motivated to make meebal.com a success. I certainly appreciate that meebal.com is not everyone’s cup of tea; its sometimes referred to a racist, bigoted, controversial, unintelligent, brilliant, truthful and in fact any other word you care to mention.
I learned long ago that I could have picked a number of website content concepts and it wouldn’t have matter a jot for there will always be those that love and loathe what you write; no matter what subject from cupcakes to the technology advancements – people simply have differing views.
So why did I pick meebal.com and news articles? Basically it allows me to write about issues that I am passionate about; or have a firm opinion on which I can share with my readers.
Of course what I write is always debatable and that’s the whole point really as I don’t want everyone agreeing with me as their views help me to develop a wider understanding of things and appreciate other people’s ideologies and opinions.
My ultimate goal is to make meebal.com a success so that I might one day live out a few of my dreams. I’m not sure if I’d ever actually buy a private jet or even a super yacht but I would certainly seek out a warmer climate and somewhere that I can indulge in my passion for golf.
Dubai for me appears to be a nice dream. Dubai just seems to have it all and I simply love the concept that Dubai is so innovative and willing to try things no other country has dared to venture; not just in terms of the structures but also in its attitude towards society for it does appear that Dubai is opening up to the idea that it will become a truly international destination for both residents and foreign tourists alike.
Whilst I have all the nice pictures on the wall I don’t necessarily need these particular material things to be content; after all my passion for my work provides me with a huge amount of personal satisfaction.
I do however continue to dream of a better lifestyle and I know that I cannot sit in this chair writing forever and so the pictures help me to motivate myself so that one day I might be able to live out my dreams and if Dubai doesn’t turn out to be the place I expect then I can always try something different elsewhere.
I am, and always will be, an eternal optimist for I believe things can change for the better; whether that happens to be on a global scale (probably a little naïve) or on a personal level.
The thing is that we all have different aspirations and that’s what makes us all completely unique and without a dream there would be no reason to get up in the mornings.
Anyone, and I sincerely believe anyone, can make their dreams come true if they try hard enough. We sometimes feel trapped by circumstance but sometimes that circumstance should be seen as the opportunity or better yet the catalyst for change.
I hope, whoever you are, that one day your dreams and aspirations come true. For now I’ll continue working on mine.