One suitcase, one plane ticket and a plan for a new life. That’s how most of the time our lives change.
In our world, a large number of people have had to leave behind a life they know and love, for the chance at a life that might prove to be better, and at some point in their lives, they’ve had to ask themselves: “Is this really better?” In many parts of the world, there is a person celebrating an anniversary, one that marks a goodbye and a welcome, a closed door and the opening of a window.
Today I wish to celebrate you for the strength that you have shown in making that change a positive one; even if the change was not at your request but at the hands of someone else.
Some of us moved to a new country or a new state even a new city by the choice of others and had to learn about new rules, make new friends and go to new schools, new jobs because it served a benefit to the leading parties involved in the decision.
Today I celebrate you because you learned to cope and make the best of the decision that brought you to where you are now. May you be blessed for the strength you have shown to make the best of a tough moment in your life; know that you are loved and that you are admired for your hard work and success in an environment that was completely different to what you were used to.
Whether you went across town or across the ocean I salute you and bless you for making your new town your home.