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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Rant From a Young Woman

For the past few days I've been hearing from a few different people, "why are you looking in other countries? You're daft because Canada is the only place that will accept Americans now!" I've also been hearing, "you will only be happy in Canada. You will never be happy elsewhere."

This made me angry. How dare people tell me where and where I cannot feel happy. I don't believe Canada or anywhere in the world for that matter is the only place that can make you happy, I believe many places are worthwhile. Honestly, I believe in the value of exploring to find where you most fit, I don't believe in putting your eggs in one basket for one place. However, people still don't have the right to dictate to young people where or wherenot they should go to be happy. I believe it is up to the individual to explore what works for them.

When Nan was still alive, she used to tell me that I am the only one who can truly decide what I want for my life. I'm the only one who can know how I truly feel. My dad is that way too, he believes I should do what is in my heart and if that means exploring, I should do it. A wise friend even said to me yesterday, "why does it matter to other people what you do? It literally does not affect their lives." She's very right.

Yes, I decided to look in other places just in case Canada doesn't pan out. I've decided to look everywhere that I am needed. Also, I love to travel and it would be nice to just travel as I work. Right now I need to go where I can get a job, make some money, then go where I most desire when I can. I don't think that is foolish, I think that is wise. I am exploring all of my options and I want to keep all of my options opened.

I decided not to answer back. I decided to let it go. I am about to delete the Facebook messenger app. Has anyone else experienced this before?


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I agree 100% with what your Nan told you. It is your life. You are an adult and free to make your own decisions. If destination A doesn't pan out in the long run, there is nothing wrong with being flexible and moving on to a different place. It would only be a mistake if you stayed stuck forever in a place you don't want to be. Every change of scene is a learning and growth experience for you.

    Enjoy your week, dear friend JM!

    1. Thanks, Shady. It's been a difficult few days.