Winter 2001 (9.4)
Experiences - These Past Ten Years
Interestingly enough, I don't often think about what my life
would have been like under Soviet conditions. I believe that
now I have a better chance for self-realization. Certainly, today
most success depends upon the people themselves - their knowledge,
skills and abilities. The situation in the Soviet Union did not
allow individuals to go beyond the strict boundaries set by the
I heard the news that the USSR had collapsed on the radio while
visiting my friends in Russia. During the Soviet period, we felt
that we were citizens of a superpower. The most difficult thing
has been to realize that we are no longer part of that vast,
powerful country. After the collapse, there was a major shift
in values. Everything we had believed in and worked for and valued
disappeared overnight. Generations had lived under this ideology.
This transition period has been an ordeal for many people and
created confusion in standards, values and hopes.
Unfortunately, many people still have not been able to find their
niche in this new way of life. I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm
young, I have confidence in myself and in the future of my country,
and that gives me the strength to face all difficulties.
To tell you the truth, this decade has been extremely difficult
for my country. I've concluded that there's one essential idea
that I must impress upon my grandchildren: Never lose hope and
confidence. Believe in yourself, your future and the future of
this country. I believe that my children will live in a country
in which this period will be remembered, not only as being difficult
and full of painful changes, but also as the beginning of Azerbaijan's
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