I experienced much more of life than I realized. I got the privilege to have the best of both worlds in being an only and spoiled child for 10 years and then I grew up with 6 more siblings the following 10 years. At first, it took a little bit of time to adjust. The change of culture and environment transitioned me into my family much easier. I grew up very quickly learning and understanding my role in the family. Fitting in was what I did best. As time progressed, I became a young adult taking on responsibilities as one of the family members. I was so thankful to experience the best of both worlds.
In order for me to learn, I endured and went through hardship. I learned to really appreciate what I have instead of focusing on what I don’t have. It is such a great lesson of life that I had learned at a young age. There were many internal challenges within myself to make what seemed to be the right choices at the time. I truly believe that everyone goes through their own journey physically and mentally in life whether it is glamorized or not. The learned result of that journey creates their character. I transformed “Why me?” into “What about me?” or “How about me?”
Through their unconditional love, my parents gave me a priceless gift and the best gift that no money can buy. My parents gave me the opportunity to experience freedom. Although I was too young at the time to appreciate, my journey from Vietnam was an adventure which I shall treasure for the rest of my days. Now that I am older and hopefully wiser, I established a huge appreciation for my family, my friends, and The United States of America.