Be thankful and enjoy life to the fullest today

Life can be hectic, life can throw so many obstacles your way, but one thing I have learned being an emergency nurse and a former refugee is life is too short and the most important reason I have learned about life is that you absolutely have no idea what your future holds. Therefore, one should live everyday to the fullest. Growing up as an African refugee, I absolutely had nothing, I grew up not having a bed to sleep on, no chairs to sit on and not knowing if I was going to have at least one meal a day. I grew up mostly eating once a day and to this day I struggle with eating three meals a day because I got so used to eating once or nothing a day. I was 100% sure I had no future. Back home, one has a guaranteed future if you have a college degree. I was 100% sure I would never make it to college because there is no way I could afford it and there was no scholarships offered due to the fact that I attended a refugee school that was not supported by the government of the state I lived in. When I was approaching high school graduation, I knew I only had one choice, to get married and stay home and raise a family. But I knew and was positive that is not what I wanted, but the reality was that I had no choice. So I continued to pray to God everyday and never lost hope that God works in mysterious ways. After graduating high school, I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity out of the blue by a refugee resettlement agency by the name Refugepoint. I was told there is a chance I can be resettled to the United States, but I was running out of time because I was almost 18, and it is so hard to be resettled once you are an adult. The odds of me being resettled was so against me because I only had a few months before turning 18, and resettlement cases take at least five years or more. Fast forward a few weeks before my 18th Birthday, a family in Michigan gets a call about this refugee girl who desperately needs a home asap. My now parents prayed about it and they said yes, and they agreed to take me in. When I was told I was coming to the United States, at first I though it was a joke, I couldn’t believe the news I was hearing. I remember someone from Refugepoint office showing me a map of the world and pointing to Michigan and saying “this is where you are going to go”, I remember being like “oh I remember learning in USA geography about Lake Michigan, I wonder if I will live near that big lake”. Three days before I turned 18, I stepped my feet on United State soil and settled in my new home in Grand Haven, Michigan! And guess what’s so popular about Grand Haven? The beach right on Lake Michigan! Fast forward talmost 10 years since I arrived in the United States, I am now hold two college degrees, happily married to my wonderful husband Adam and have a privilege of working at one of the busiest level one trauma emergency rooms in the country as a registered nurse. After 22 years of being a refugee, I finally became a citizen of United States. I finally belonged to a country😊. So what’s the point of me sharing this with you? It doesn’t matter what you are going through right now, don’t ever give up on your dreams even if they don’t make sense, as a kid I dreamed of working in the hospital but knew there was no way I would ever afford to go to college. But fast forward to 20 years later, that dream became a reality. For refugees all over the world, keep praying, keep hanging on, God works in mysterious ways and you have no idea what the future holds for you! As a nurse I see people coming into the ER and getting the worst news of their lives, a lot of them do not even make it, so live your daily life to the fullest. Learn how to be thankful, be thankful that you woke up this morning, be thankful that you are not sick today, be thankful that you have food on your table, be thankful that you have a roof over your head, be thankful and you will realize that you are blessed beyond words. And if you are blessed,then look for ways to bless others. Are you the answer for someone’s prayers? My foster parents were the answer for my prayers. Are you a perfect match for someone who desperately needs an organ/bone marrow? Are you the role model one child desperately needs to turn their life around and have hope for a better future?You never know what you can be unless you try. My parents did not know they would change my life forever until they said yes! And never ever lose hope, because you have no idea what tomorrow holds for you and I am a prime example that you definitely do not know what the future holds. Hang in there❤️


Edith aka Eddy


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