I came to the U.S. 15 years ago, I was 29 years old. I come from Tbilisi, Georgia. I decided immigrate to America because life was unbearable in Tbilisi. There was racism and discrimination against my race. Well-paid jobs, Georgians only gave their own. To get a good job there, you either had to change your last name or leave the country. Since I would never change my last name I left and never looked back. In Tbilisi my life was very difficult. I worked as a janitor. I worked everyday for twelve hours. I didn't have time to spend time with my children but I did my best to raise them. When it came down to leaving the country it was very difficult for me because I had to leave my children but I decided it would be for the best. Since I was never happy in Tbilisi I try not to think about my past but when good memories come to me I can't do nothing but smile with relief and live my life. I always tell my girls and will always tell my grandchildren that not matter what you are in life, you have to aim for an ideal and happy life. It will take a long time but it's worth the wait because everyone wants to be happy on this planet. And you should do everything you can to make it possible because life is beautiful.
Story posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM