“ Today I am thinking much more about my life… Time flies and it is as if I could hear the watch ticking…”
Name : Jibiek Ryskulova
Gender : Female
DoB : 08.05.1986
City of Birth : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Status : Divorced
Family : 1 Son, 7yo
Hometown : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Education : Law School
Job : Lawyer at City Hall
Religion : Muslim
Politics : –
As a child… How would you picture yourself at 30?
As a child, I have always liked justice and to protect the weak. Hence, becoming a lawyer has always been on my mind. This is the reason why I decided to study in Law school in Bishkek.
I also remember that I have always dreamt about working in the city hall… I could see this beautiful building from my balcony I told myself that I wanted to work there… And I made it!
he birth of my son is definitely the most memorable event in my life because I got everything at the same time, happiness… tears… everything… I was young (21 years old) and the fact that my first son was born with the Down syndrome was a real shock for me…
I was born in Frunze, Bishkek suburb, about 20 minutes from the capital. When I was 5 years old we moved to Bishkek because of my parent’s job and since then I cannot really say that I thought about living somewhere else.
I am a Taurus and our feature is that family is more important than anything else. From my childhood, I have always had this feeling that I would stay close to my family and that I would build my own. Unfortunately, things did not turn out in a prefect way because I am divorced but today my child means everything to me.
Striking and memorable events…
The birth of my son is definitely the most memorable event in my life because I got everything at the same time, happiness… tears… everything… I was young (21 years old) and the fact that my first son was born with the Down syndrome was a real shock for me… I was burst of emotions and this event was truly memorable. Doctors tried to convince me to abandon my baby but for me it never was an option… he is my son… my blood… They even brought me a pen and a paper to sign a refusal… it was a very hard moment. And despite all the obstacles I have encountered: he did not walk until quite recently, he still does not talk… He is my son… my sunshine… I live and do everything for him. His birth changed my life.
IN THE WORLD – What are the main events that stroke the world you are living in?
Kyrgyzstan : I think that the Revolution that took place on April 7th 2010. Everything happened in front of me because I was living here, in the center of the capital. I was student at the time and I remember that this event affected my family, especially because my mother was a civil servant. This revolution was a terrible tragedy for the country as many people lost their lives. I could see all these events from the balcony of our house… Stored located in my building were looted and the city was in complete anarchy…
World : 9/11 really shocked me. It was a terrible event and so many people died… I remember that we were watching the news with all my family and we were crying. I think I was afraid that a war could begin. This event really moved my family. So many people have died for nothing. God forbid such tragedy to happen again… in my country or anywhere in the world.
BEST MEMORY – What is your best memory?
I think it was the day I started to work as a lawyer for the city hall because like I said it has always been my dream and I made it come true! It was a terrific event! Especially because I got this job after being 3 years at home with my baby, it was like a new start in a new life.
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT –
I am proud of myself. I consider myself as a very strong person with a lot of perseverance and I am glad that I made it here, where I am today.
Looking back / Reviewing expectations
TODAY, my life is very different… I cannot say things went as planned… family is still very important for me and I never tough I would divorce. But I am much happier such way.
Jibiek having dinner with friends for her birthday.
30 years old, a turning point?
I just turned 29… And I think that the moment I will turn 30 will mean a lot to me. I am sure that next year will change many things in my life. I am beginning to understand many things myself, my fate, my life… And actually I wonder why it did not happen earlier… One thing is for sure is that I truly want next year to be special and I hope that I will give birth to another child, even if I do not find another man with who I can start a family. I have a very special son and I do not want him to grow up alone, I was only child and I know how hard and lonely it is… so I do not want this for my son.
I am beginning to understand many things myself, my fate, my life… And actually I wonder why it did not happen earlier… One thing is for sure is that I truly want next year to be special.
OLD OR YOUNG? – Do you feel « old » or « still young »?
I would say 50/50! (Laughing). I feel young because I still like to go to some club and dance, hang out… but when I see that these places are full of young people who are very different, have different music tastes, dance differently, It is hard to explain but at that moment I feel old in a certain way!
I think that my job made me grow up and teaches me a lot : treachery, conflict, support…
CHANGES OR REGRETS? What are the things you would like to change?
Honestly? No. Muslims say that your fate is written on your forehead. I believe that everything that happened to me was meant to happen… But if I only I could go back in past, I would probably not get married to such man as my ex-husband was.
My Typical day
At the age of 40 I would like to be judge. I think it is my main goal in life at the moment. I would like to have at least another child but I do not think about family anymore, perhaps I am so disappointed in men that I just cannot believe I can meet someone new.
I see myself staying in my country, in Bishkek, close to my mother and my son. I cannot even imagine leaving them and going somewhere else… This is my country… My city…
THE WORLD IN 10 YEARS – How do you imagine the world you will be living in within 10 years?
Kyrgyzstan : I think it is pretty hard to guess what is going to happen in the future. Nevertheless, I would like my country to be tranquil and peaceful… And I hope we will never witness events such as what recently happened in Ukraine.
World : To be honest with you, I do not have any idea about who the world may evolve. The world we live in changes so fast… Everyday something new happens… Somehow I think that there will be some robots and machines flying in the air…
Fears and Dreams…
I think I am afraid of being alone… Without my mother and my son… Sometimes I am also afraid of death…
ACHIEVEMENTS – What are the things you want to achieve?
I really want to have another child so that my boy does not grow alone. I also would love to give some of my time to help charities that care about children who are in the same condition as my son. I would really love to help the children in need by giving them clothes, toys, money…
DREAMS – What is your craziest dreams?
I am really scared of heights so think that skydiving would be my craziest dream! And I hope I will be able to make it come true one day.