Being the follow on wife of a husband working in the oil field is a tricky thing. Before we upped and left our comfortable home in Scotland, UK. I had a great job, I worked hard and was proud of what I did. I had a circle of friends that I had known from school and my family were all within an hours reach. Moving all the way to the Middle East was pretty darn scary. The only person I knew was my husband and he was 5 hours drive away working in the desert. Due to visa restrictions it wasn’t possible for me to take a job as I was now the “wife” and completely dependant on my husband. It was sink or swim.
To keep myself busy I started writing an online blog of our adventures in Oman where I would document what we had been upto. I was half writing to our loved ones back home and half writing for my own therapy. Every week I would aim to do something in my life that was worthy of sharing with the world, this kept me busy and focused when I felt bored or alone. Soon I wasn’t bored or alone. I started meeting more and more people who were interested in the same things as me. Meeting so many new people opened my eyes to the world and inspired me.
Being a wife in Oman has been an amazing adventure for me. It is safe for women and families and presents some incredible opportunities. I’ve met some truly amazing people, I’ve see sights that I never thought I would and I’ve grown as a person. Looking back, I don’t know why I was so scared to leave my life in the UK. This adventure is the best thing that we could have done.
So what if I don’t earn a wage like my husband? It doesn’t make me any less important. Wives can be adventurers, explorers and pretty darn amazing and still get home to put dinner on the table.