I'm not really a positive person (although I'm trying to be), but I do think I'm extremely lucky to have met all the people and given all the opportunities in my life. One of the best things that happened to me was having the chance to move to the U.S. It was the most difficult decision that I've made in my life, and I almost chose the other way.
I was just starting my junior year in high school when this happened. At that point, I had already drawn a perfect picture of how my life would be when I go to college. I also had a wonderful group of friends from school. How could I leave all of these and move to a place where I don't know anyone and can barely speak the language? What about my grandmother, my cousins, and other relatives? I couldn't imagine leaving everything and everyone I know behind and start a new life in a foreign country.
I was against the idea in the beginning; it was just too much for me. However, one day I thought to myself, if I go and end up not liking the place, I can always come back. But if I stay, and years later regret my decision, it would be way harder for me to start at that point. Yes, it might be difficult for me to have a new start, but at least I would be going with my mom and my sister, and I know that I would always have a place to come back to. So I made the decision and flew across the sea to another country after finishing the first half of my junior year.
Fast forward to nine years later. Everything I experienced here was like a dream. Yes, this life I have now is different than what I have planned. But because of this change, I'm able to do things I never imagined I could do. I've got to expand my horizons so much. Being able to interact and communicate with so many people from different backgrounds and cultures really helps me to grow personally, and it's something I never thought I would have.
There were certainly difficult times during these years as well, but those still don't change many other great things that had happened to me. The best of them has to be the people. It's hard to believe I was so lucky that almost all the people I've known here are so friendly and understanding. They are always willing to help during those difficult times. I even got to have a close group of friends for every phase in my life. And since I came here with my mom and my sister, I never felt lonely or homesick. Instead, moving here actually brought me and my sister so much closer than before. Our relationship now is stronger than ever.
I don't know where life will bring me in my future, but no matter where I go, I will always have this place where I can call my second home.