Disclaimer: This entry will make sense to the Lebanese female population. Now guys, you are not shunned, I am sure you have heard of few of the points mentioned below from your frustrated girlfriends about their girl friends. Yes, this one is going to be a good one! If you feel targeted, please do immediately change those abhorrent habits. Thank you.
In Lebanon, most of the population descents from royalty (note: a royal family does not exist in Lebanon) and the attitude that goes along with it, accentuates a person with status from another. However, I have come to realize that everyone behaves as if his family belongs to the Bourgeoisie of society. This high class attitude that everyone has managed to master, followed by certain facial expressions highlight the snobbish attitude that is to come. Entering a place as if owning it, never smiling nor acknowledging the presence of other, ordering people around are few of the behaviors spoilt princesses permit upon themselves .
Reality check: Its not because daddy’s 3 digit salary at the end of each month allows you to buy one piece of labelled cloth, makes you a millionaire flaunter. We shall talk when you cash in your first paycheck!
Weekend or no weekend, we, Lebanese go out every single night. No day passes by without having dinners, catching up over coffee, even dancing (well if holding a drink and nodding your head makes it dancing, be it) at a rooftop/nightclub, especially during summer. Girl friends making plans can turn out as frustrating as choosing your dress for a dinner date with your crush. The date is picked, the hour confirmed and when the moment of truth, I mean of show up, arrives, everything falls apart like a deck of cards. A few words typed and click send, you have just cancelled your get together through whatsapp in a blink of an eye. Worse? when such behavior occurs frequently. Reason? None understandable whatsoever. And there you have an opening on your calendar (last minute). not sure what to do with.
Reality check: If you think its easy to cancel on your friends last minute with no repercussions, let me tell you something that might add value to your social existence; don’t be too surprised if I come up with excuses next time you decide you wanna see me.
My favorite is this one, a classic. For months end, you haven’t seen your girl friend. You have been friends for years, yet circumstances (life) came in the way and you drifted apart. All of a sudden you receive a text mentioning a get together (finally), a catching up session. The message is heavy, heavy with longing emotions and unprecedant love and a promise to hang out the very next day. However the confirmation is to happen at X hour the morning after. You sleep anticipating meeting your old friend. However you guessed right. The very next day you await for her call/message/whatsapp with no avail. You assume something came up and let it go. Fast forward three months, same scenario on repeat. Third time, you convince yourself of “the third is a charm” mambo jumbo. Same outcome. This time you promise yourself that that particular “friend” will no longer have the pleasure of your presence even if she were the last person on earth for company.
Reality check: Refrain from sending ‘cotton candy- roses- emoji decorative’ text messages if you do not have the decency on keeping your word. Seriously, screw being polite.
In this century, we all admit that our smartphones are a crucial part of our survival. We do not go anywhere without them and check incessantly if we have missed a notification or two from our friends. So when a girl friend sends a question through whatsapp, I gather that she is awaiting the answer and as soon as I answer her back, will check the reply and accordingly act. I guessed wrong! Its funny that answering within 2 min of the question (because yes my phone is always with me unless on the charger) and the person in question comes back at you after half an hour. This game of chasing one another, or proving some sort of point as “I am not addicted to my phone” or/and of an air of carelessness is plain dumb and pathetic.
Reality check: Refrain from acting all 16 and playing it hard to get with your crush on your girl friends. Its pathetic and fails to give you that “grandeur” image you surely want to portray to your surrounding.
Last but not least, the most popular behavior every girl friend act with one another; the false advice. – -“Have I gained weight?” = of course not silly!
-“What do you think of that guy? he is cute”= oh dear lord not that one, he used to date X,Y,Z and I heard he is a womanizer and will dump you as soon as he is done with you…
-“Should I buy this?= yes its gorgeous on you, flawless, you might consider cutting your hair short as well, suits you honey!
Shall I continue??
My Lebanese Girl Friends you have a long way to go… a long long way to go to establish yourselves as genuine and transparent species. I guess a couple of slaps (words-not physical you morons) is a start to reboot your “acte de presence”.