This year, I marked 22 years of living abroad. I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of other immigrants on my journey so far. Every chance I get, I seek ways to learn about people's stories and experiences. Immigrants worldwide are doing great things, and I enjoy celebrating them.
In this blog post, I will share more about the five types of immigrants that inspire me. Check out my other Her Relocation blog posts about my experiences living in Nigeria, Germany, and the US.
Immigrants who have accomplished a lot
I am always amazed by people who have built successful businesses, led companies, or succeeded in their careers as immigrants. Often, it shows that they have put in a lot of work and have deliberately chased their dreams and built the life they desire.
Immigrants who succeeded against all odds
Seeing people who have paved their path or faced many challenges is awesome. I really celebrate seeing people who needed to learn how things worked in their new country. They often did not have access to a lot but have made the best of it.
Immigrants who have embraced multiple cultures
We learn a lot about the culture as we navigate our lives in new countries, cities, or societies. Immigrants can remarkably incorporate various elements of the cultures they know and are learning about. I really enjoy seeing people adapt to the holidays they celebrate, add variety to the food, and learn about new cultures on their journey.
Immigrants who give back and support others
There are so many incredible people who have made it their mission to be helpful to others. It is so great to see people giving back, improving their communities, and being able to help others' dreams come true.
Immigrants who are living their best lives and still dreaming
The life of an immigrant has a lot of ups and downs. So, whenever I see or hear about people enjoying their lives and keeping a positive outlook on life, it encourages me. I am looking forward to many great experiences and stories on my journey.
Final Thoughts: MC's Journey
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak on an Expat Women leadership panel in San Francisco. It was a great moment to meet other women who were immigrants and working in Tech. Sharing my experiences and hearing from the other amazing women on the panel was very special. I enjoyed connecting with others and celebrating my journey so far.