Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy 20th Anniversary, my Independent Armenia

  • I am from the first generation of kids of Independent Armenia to go to school in September 1991. 
  • I remember seeing tanks from the window of my school (it was Charents school on Amiryan str.)
  • I remember the the war, the dark and cold years and studying under the candle light. And then one day the electricity turned back on and didn't go off again. 
  • I remember watching how Lenin's statue was dismantled and moved out of the Republic Square. 
  • I remember watching how the Armenian tricolor was raised on the Republic Square for the first time. I was standing there, holding my dad's hand. 
  • I've seen the developing free and independent Artsakh.
  • I've been standing, captivated and holding breath, in front of the newly renovated Republic Square fountains for the first time admiring the singing and dancing show.
  • I've been following the preparations for the 20th anniversary celebrations and I feel proud. 
  • I have seen the worst times of my independent country and me and my children will see its best times.

Few days ago friends were discussing their plans of moving to study/work abroad and have the life they deserve and want. Then someone asked me where do I want to move to? This is not a question I would think twice before answering. I don't usually go into such discussions and I never blame anyone for planning or actually leaving the country for a better life. However, for myself, I can never imagine living permanently abroad. Even in my beloved Italy. Few months at most. And it's not an exaggeration and not a selfless patriotic decision. I do truly feel good living here and I don't care about the fact that I would be earning much more and would have a more secured life if i moved to some western country. I'm not blind and I see the development here and I see the role I can have in it.

There are people who constantly criticize all good and bad initiatives (some even do manage to present entirely good and worthy things from the worst possible angle), point out all the mistakes and shortcomings of the authorities, alarm about problems and spread out all the negativity. That's their way of trying to make a change. As for me, I prefer to cross the street on the green light, never throw anything on the street, admire and share news about all the good initiatives and notice the smallest steps in the development. In my inner circle of friends there are people who are optimistic about the country's future, preferred to stay and work in the country despite of the numberless opportunities to move away. They don't spend most of their time complaining, instead, they actually try to work things out and help others to work things out with a positive attitude. I know how I can contribute to my country's prosperity and I will do it. One step at a time.

This is my post from 3 years ago: Independent Armenia -17


Karen Avetyan said...

Really impressive speech, I just couldn't silently pass by.

Lia said...

Love it, Arp !!!! this is a great blog post!!! thank you for sharing you thoughts on this!!!!