Yesterday, those of us in the U.S. celebrated the day we declared ourselves to be an independent nation. There have been generations of people from all over the world who came here and now their lives are intricate threads in the fabric of our nation.
I think about these people’s resolve–the deep conviction that there was a better life waiting for them and, no matter what, they were going to go for it–living their life their way.
Of course, there were those few for whom leaving their homeland was no struggle at all; their intensely burning dream propelled them forward to the U.S. where opportunities were better for them.
But there were also people who were forced to leave: people who’s religious, personal, or political beliefs clashed with their society’s; people displaced because of conflicts and war; people whose lives were shattered beyond repair and the only option was moving to some place new to begin again. Some of these people had to flee with only the clothes on their backs!
Throughout time, people have left their homelands behind, usually severing all ties with the known, the comfortable, and that which felt safe and secure. It’s this astounding will to live–and to live the best life possible–that’s coded into all human DNA.
No matter where you live in the world and no matter how long it’s been since your ancestors emigrated to find a better life, you, too, have the unconquerable human will to live an abundant, fascinating, deeply satisfying life that contains immeasurable joy.
Go for your dreams–you can do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,