For a free-spirited girl growing up in a middle-class family in India, it was not easy to be considered a nobody when at least a 95 percent was not achieved in math, science, and English. In the culture of the 1960s, girls were expected to marry educated, well-to-do young men, and there was no place for a little girl who, at age 11, insisted on penning a letter to the U.S. Embassy to inquire about immigration to the United States. She left everyone behind to join a husband and in-laws she hardly knew, immigrating to Canada, the land of milk and honey in the seventies. At a university there, she proved herself and established herself well in that new family and country, a newlywed coping and adapting to a different way of life.
Each of us is born with unique talents that blossom more with exposure to challenges. Necessity is the mother of invention, and as George Bernard Shaw said, “The people who get on in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” The world of immigration can be a bit frightening, but it is possible to successfully navigate it and cherish every bit of your journey. Learn, grow, and contribute as an immigrant in any society after overcoming adversities, and you will later reminisce and laugh about these moments, sharing your fond memories with your grandkids years later.
The U.S., with a population ten-fold higher than that of Canada, offered even more opportunities, so the family found the courage to embark on another immigration journey. They lived in rented basement for a few months before finding suitable jobs, but they bounced back and reestablished their lives, with new friends, educations, and jobs. The trials and tribulations that lead to love and laughter and the never-ending ups and downs ultimately reward us with remarkable experiences. If you are an open-minded person who appreciates truly living, loving, and learning, you will discover that immigrating to any country is a fun roller-coaster ride of eternal growth and contribution as a global citizen in your commitment to make this world a better place, wherever you are.
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- Translate every challenge in a new country into positivity.
- Dispel all fears associated with immigration and cherish climbing up the ladder of success in the country of your choice.
- See where you fit into the global melting pot, as we are all linked by the common thread of humanity.
- Evolve as a true, free-spirited human being and gain strength, beauty, and glory while giving back to the societies that nurture your growth.
- Make the necessary adjustments to fit in wherever you travel: clothing, weather, language, transportation, and food.
- Face the challenges and your own fears and identify your unique strengths to live and grow in the country of your choice, using education as your best ally.
- Deal with racism, discrimination, prejudice, and religious segregation and live the life of a true human citizen anywhere in the world.
- Make wise selections in housing and transportation and meet your basic needs to live a balanced life.
- Feel familiar and grounded and at home anywhere in the world.
- Employ Maslow’s hierarchy to attain balance in your physical, material, and spiritual life.
- Nurture your eagerness to learn, grow, and enjoy life through higher education.
- Identify means for your success in a career that suits your own God-given talents, a place in which you can grow and flourish.
- Lay a strong foundation for your children’s well-rounded education and help your children thrive in any country.
- Accelerate the process of giving back to the world at large as a global citizen and become a role model for immigration success.
- Go above and beyond and contribute to projects by well- established global non-profit charity organizations like Art of Living and Rotary club or become a founder of non-profit organizations.
- Utilize eight effective tips to avoid giving up on yourself and your family members and give yourselves the best possible start in any nation.