Last week, my mom Fariba joined us here on Mon Petit Four for the first time, giving us a brief introduction and a short snippet of her life. Today, she’s addressing a couple of your guys’ questions in today’s post, which will hopefully shed some more light on how her life in America came to be and what her experience has been.
Although our circumstances can each be different, I would say one should ask these 2 questions of his or herself before deciding on a move:
- What is the underlying reason/desire to move?
- Do you feel the move will be worth it?
In my circumstance, the answer to the first question was very easy. As I mentioned last week, I was excited to start a new life with my husband and move to a country that seemed to be full of opportunities. I was also leaving my hometown of Tehran, which at the time was undergoing the revolution of the Islamic Republic.
You can imagine the atmosphere was tense and unknown. It sure didn’t take me long to make my decision to move abroad.
To answer the second question, which is whether I thought the move would be worth it, for me the answer was yes. I figured that even if America was not what I imagined it to be, it couldn’t be worse than what was on the horizon for me in Tehran.
Did I miss my parents, my siblings, and my friends? Was it hard to be away from them? Did I miss the holidays, gatherings, parties, and events? Heck yes. Badly.
But, I did my best to focus on building my own family with my husband, here in America. I learned and embraced many American traditions over the years.
I’m a firm believer of “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” however, I still made an effort to share some of the traditions and values I grew up with that were meaningful to me.
Eventually, most of my family immigrated to America too, and that made my life in America even better. I feel very fortunate and grateful that my family and I were able to come to this beautiful country.
If one is given the opportunity that I had been given, to move abroad and experience something that could potentially have a very positive effect on his or her life, then I firmly believe one should go for it!
(Photo above taken in Montecito, California – my happy place here in America!)