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Essay “This I Believe” about the Good Life: What it Means to an Immigrant

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Everyone desires to live a good life and people are always searching for ways to do so. In my case, by moving to the United States, I now have the opportunity to live a good life, but my definition differs from everyone else’s. I believe that living a good life means getting a good education, working hard, family support, willing to adapt new environment, having a leader, and becoming a self-made individual.
My family and I moved from Pakistan eleven years ago in search of a better life. Their main purpose in moving here in the U. S. was to send me to an American college to gain a first-class education. My father ran a convenient store and a medical store for over 20 years. I remember that he used to walk to his shop to work everyday. His dream is to see me becoming a successful businessman. Furthermore, he expects me to have my own office, wearing a nice handmade Italian suit, and performing computer related jobs. Now that I am ready to graduate, my father’s dream will come true. All I did was work hard and I am optimistic that I will find success.
In Pakistan, people are stricken with poverty, the economy is unstable, and there are no opportunities to fulfill one’s goals. The U.S. economy is abundant and ripe with jobs. The only attribute is that one has to go out and want a job. Pakistan is more of a follower than a leader. It essentially adopts America’s ideals, but does not attain them. The poverty and unemployment rates are increasing daily. In many cases, one person works in the family and rest of the individuals sit back and play cricket or watch movies all day long. There is no hope of becoming a self-made person. The system is backwards and I think it requires a change. In contrast, living in Ameri...


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In conclusion, after achieving my goals in life, I will live a nice peaceful life, where I don’t have to do a manual labor like my father. My family is all settled here in the United States. What my father planned out for me is definitely working for me. In the future, I will achieve my goals, become a gentleman, and settle down with a significant other. I followed my parent’s traditions throughout my eleven years here in America. They have given me the honor of allowing me to find whomever I wish to marry and not follow their ritual of arranged marriage. I would prefer marrying an educated Pakistani American who is able to move along with me in this new fluid world. Also, my final conclusion of a good life would be to have my children repeat the same process that I went through. If they achieve my goals and more, then my life is complete.


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