One story of immigration

10 years ago, I packed everything I had in a green suitcase, and said goodbye to everyone I loved to move to the most unknown country to me, a place that I call “home” now. I remember stepping down from the plane nervously, with a separation anxiety, like a child who was lost, like someone who was exiled and had no chance of going back. I was single, with no friends or relatives living here. The absolute solitude changes you forever. In the loneliness you initially lose yourself, then you discover your true self and make peace with who you are. You learn to adapt and focus on resemblance in people rather than their differences. You learn to live a normal life in a place that once you were an alien.
This is an endless journey. A journey with no destination. An emotional rollercoaster of homesickness, the excitement of an adventure, the joy of accomplishments, a dream that has come true, the fear of losing your loved ones back home, the struggle of handling it all by yourself…Then comes a new phase, the feeling of not belonging anywhere, even though now you have two places to call home. You’ve left your roots back in your original country, while your branches have grown tall and flourished in your new country. In your mind, however, you live somewhere in between, in suspense.
Immigration is an extraordinary experience, a journey like nothing else, you shed your skin off in pain and grow bigger and stronger with joy. My life has been a blessing, I’m grateful for my supportive family, the lessons I’ve learned and all the great people I’ve met during this journey.

Thank you Australia for being the best “home away from home”.

The Story of Immigration

Immigration is an emotional journey. Leaving your roots behind, and letting your branches grow and bloom in another land is a challenging task.

People have different reasons for immigration. Some are forced to leave their homeland due to conflict or violence, poverty, education, political turmoil, or simply in search of a better life. There is always someone telling you, you are making a mistake, that the risk doesn’t worth it, that settling in a new country is tough and many immigrants struggle for years to establish themselves in the new environment.

Yes, that’s true, but you never expected it to be easy, you are up for a new challenge and nothing can stop you from achieving your goal. All you need to do is to prepare yourself for the obstacles that life in a foreign country would cast on you. You need to teach yourself how to live successfully in your new environment. You need to know the barriers, the challenges, and the ways to overcome them.

You can either choose to be defeated by the obstacles and become a second-class citizen in the host country, or you can rise up to your full potentials and live the life you dreamed about, when you departed from your home land.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a refuge or a skilled immigrant, you are already ahead of lots of people, who never had the courage to leave their comfort zone. If you are a refugee, fleeing violence, conflict, and poverty, your resistance has paid off and against all odds, you have made it to a safe land now. That resistance, the courage to overcome unimaginable barriers that you have faced, will always work in your advantage as long as you trust the strength built up in you.

In America for example, statistics show that you are more likely to be successful if you are born aboard. YES, this is absolutely true, the wisdom and courage you have built up over the years living a challenging life, is your most valuable asset, which will guide you through the most resilient obstacles in your life.