Published: 2018-01-07 18:42
Last Updated: 2018-01-07 20:38
Editor: Arwad Khalifeh
On the eve of every new year, most people create a list of all the things they aim to change about themselves, places they’d love to visit and hobbies they hope to take up in the year to come.
Most people, however, never stick to their list because they’re prone to procrastination or, if they’re in Jordan, because circumstances just won’t allow them to tick those resolutions off their list.
Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions that most Jordanians will never be able to keep.
1. Taking a decent holiday abroad
Via Pure Travel
And by abroad, we don’t mean Turkey or Sharm El Sheikh. Jetting off to Europe, the US or the Far East is a dream to many, especially for those who have children. Plane tickets per person to London, Barcelona, Hong Kong or New York - to name a few - usually cost double the monthly salary of most Jordanians, and domestic tourism can be just as costly as going abroad.
2. Saving pennies
Let’s face it, with monthly salaries ranging between 190-600 JOD for most Jordanians, and the cost of living going through the roof, most people live paycheque to paycheque and are in debt. This leaves their piggy bank anemic and credit cards maxed out.
3. Quitting smoking
Via Sigara Bırakma
Many Jordanians would love to kick this bad habit before it forces their lungs and hearts into early retirement. However, with the majority of the population - young and old, men and women - heavily smoking cigarettes and shisha, it isn’t easy to throw in the towel and say hello to a tobacco-free life.
4. Immigrating to another country
Via PEEMPIP BLOG
The grass is always greener on the other side, and many Jordanians dream of immigrating to the West, the Gulf or any country that they are convinced will provide them with a better lifestyle. However, the reality is, immigration has become much more difficult with the current unstable political climate in the region.
5. Shooting during celebrations
Via The Arab Weekly
Despite government warnings against shooting during weddings and other celebrations, many Jordanians continue to ignore the authorities’ warnings. Many people say they will stop this risky tradition, but they just can’t help themselves when those happy hormones come flooding in when their brains are in celebration-mode.