Coming to America. How to Realise an Impossible Dream.

My grandmother, a Second World War survivor, used to say, “Shoot for the moon…”

Anna Simpson
5 min readNov 7, 2019


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As a child, I was encouraged to dream of more by my beloved grandmother. She was an intelligent and strong woman, who survived World War II and faced many challenges in her life.

Being raised in poverty in a small Ukrainian village, not having money to buy food and enduring many hardships, she would do whatever she could to plant the seeds of greatness in my sister and I. So, we could go out and create a better life for ourselves.

Granny always encouraged us to have aspirations for a better life and to have a stellar mindset. “Shoot for the moon, as even if you miss, you will be among the stars,” she would say.

Our granny believed in us and so we started believing in ourselves as well. She was an Alpha female and was instrumental in influencing and motivating her granddaughters to have higher demands of life. She was a woman of higher awareness. She didn’t have much in life, but she wanted a better future for her beloved granddaughters.

She passed away in December 2015, but she is always in my thoughts and my heart. I will always be grateful for her.

When I was 12 years old, I went to my mom and said, “Mom, when I grow up, I want to live in the USA!” She said, “What?! Are you out of your mind?!!” My mom thought I had gone crazy. “It’s impossible!” she finished.

Somewhere deep inside, I knew that the world was much bigger and could offer much more than my small town could.

Let me share with you, when someone tells you that your dream is impossible, it means that it is worth pursuing.

My inner hope was sprouting on the surface. My inner spirit was seeking higher expression. I dared to dream, I dared to create a vision bigger than my circumstances. The world is large and small at the same time. So, I started looking for the key to unlock that bigger world.



Anna Simpson

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