Letter #135

Content Warnings: immigrant struggle, life transition, stress

The Journey of Skilled Immigrants: A Tale of Hope and Resilience

A few months ago, my family of three embarked on a journey to a new life in a North American country as skilled workers. Back in our home country, my husband and I were established dentists with over seven years of experience. Together, we ran a successful family practice that provided us with a comfortable life. However, the desire to offer our child a better future led us to take the leap into a new beginning.

Our transition hasn’t been easy. We’ve had to leave behind the comforts we were accustomed to, including our home and car, and start afresh. Yet, amidst the challenges, there shines a ray of hope that keeps us going.

One of the most difficult struggles we face is the daily trek of 1.2 kilometers uphill to drop off and pick up our child from school. It pains us as parents to see our little one making this journey on foot, but we persevere, fueled by our aspirations for a brighter future.

Currently, we’re in the process of obtaining our dental licenses in our new country. The road to re-establishing ourselves in our profession is fraught with exams and preparations, which can be particularly daunting at our stage in life. However, every hurdle we overcome is a step closer to realizing our dreams, especially those centered around providing the best possible opportunities for our child.

Our journey may seem unconventional or even impractical to others, but as parents, we understand the depth of our motivations. We’re driven by an unwavering commitment to secure a better life for our family, no matter the sacrifices required. Despite the sleepless nights and countless challenges, we believe that our struggles will eventually lead to success. This letter is a beacon of hope to all those who find themselves in similar circumstances. Know that you’re not alone in your journey and that with perseverance and determination, better days lie ahead.

As we navigate the uncertainties of this new chapter in our lives, we cling to the hope of a brighter tomorrow. With faith in ourselves and the support of each other, we are confident that our efforts will bear fruit, and we eagerly anticipate the day we can celebrate our triumphs with gratitude and pride.

To all those who are tirelessly working towards a better future for their loved ones, we hear you, we see you, and we stand with you. Let’s continue to forge ahead together, knowing that our resilience and determination will ultimately let us fulfill our dreams.

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