Hello, my Name is Fiona and I am from a developing nation. Before you feel sorry for me, let me point out a few reasons to why I and a few billion other people are indeed the most fortunate people on this planet.
Life in a developing country is an adventure. There isn’t only one way to do things and there are no set of rules that you have to abide by. The beauty of transitioning from a ‘developing’ to a modern, developed society is that there is room for error, mistakes are truly learning experiences and the excitement of it all has no substitute. And sure it’s amazing to live with clean and even roads, well established industries and a smooth functioning government. But what if you could be part of the generation which brings all this to your country? What if, because of you, your country might be a better place? The role of being part of something much bigger than yourself and the purpose behind it all builds you into a better and more knowledgeable person.
Another plus point of being from such a nation is that there is so much of land that’s been left untouched. Ever thought of a Tropical getaway? A desert adventure? Well let me just say ‘Welcome to our backyard!’ As a child growing up in these parts of the world, you are taught to respect nature and all that it has to offer. Sometimes we do take all this beauty for granted, but deep down we know we’ve got it good.
The people you meet here are as interesting as the place itself. You could be meeting with an expat for a business lunch and then find yourself sharing a very interesting story with a street hawker. The stories of rags to riches are a plenty and everyone seems to have this very strong drive to succeed. If you grew up in a developing nation, chances are you’ve heard the following phrases ‘Youth are the foundation of the nation’, ‘our country’s future lies in your hands’ etc. With such ‘profound’ advice, it’s not hard to believe that we are such competitive people. It is also no wonder that a lot of inspirational people (Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi) come from our part of the world.
Living in a less developed country makes you kinder, less judgmental and more welcoming. We are open to new experiences and are forever learning. We know our country isn’t perfect and so we’d be the last people to judge another country, its culture or its people. And just as we’re open- minded, we’re patriotic. Talk all you want but say something negative about our country and it could land you into a whole lot of trouble.
In my few travels abroad, I’ve always marveled at how some countries have such diverse culture. People from so many nations, races, etc. I always told myself that one day I’d want to live in said society and experience it all. But as I grew older, the excitement from this factor seemed to blow off. Why you may ask, but just answer this: Would you rather have one culture in all its pomp and splendor engulf you on a daily basis? Or would you have numerous cultures, which over time meld into something insignificant? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the first option. To be so culturally enriched is something no money can buy.
So laugh at us or look on in awe. Criticize us or learn from us. Put us down or look at us as an example. Whatever you may do, just know that we’re living life to the fullest and we’re loving it!
What are the other advantages of living in a developing country? Comment below!
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