The 4th of July is a very special day for me. It is the day of Independence of the country that has given me so much… The land of the free and the brave, and the place where dreams come true…
I will never forget the day when I pledged the allegiance to the United States of America.
After having lived for 8 years in America, facing challenges and victories, experiencing heartbreaks and gaining invaluable life lessons, failing and succeeding, making mistakes and becoming wiser, but constantly growing and expanding myself, I couldn’t be more proud, humble and blessed to finally become an American citizen…
Holding the star-spangled banner and listening to the major historic and cultural events of the USA, I was thinking, “America is truly the land where dreams come true!” I had a warm pleasant sensation filling my soul.
It wasn’t just obtaining my second nationality and getting the second passport. It was the realisation of the impossible dream for a Ukrainian girl from a poor family in a small village.
Coming to the land of opportunities by myself in the pursuit of a better life and freedom was a mission impossible for a girl whose family didn’t have two pennies to rob together.
There was a long journey… As you probably can imagine…
But there is no such thing as an impossible dream. I found out about it over the course of my life. The limits exist only in our mind. If there is a big desire and willingness to do what it takes, you tend to attract the right resources, people and opportunities. I am speaking from experience.
During the solemn Naturalisation ceremony, I had a plethora of feelings and emotions: excitement, happiness, pride, joy, gratitude — an intoxicating sense of achievement! Life achievement! I was like a kid in a candy store.
I am a creator of my life! I have shaped it according to my dreams despite the odds against me…
I am not sharing this to impress you. I am sharing this to inspire you, so you can live your own life of inspiration!
What is your dream?
What does life on your terms look like?
Who is by your side?
I am no more special, more gifted or talented than you are! We all come from the same source of greatness. We might have a different background, a different set of circumstances, and different challenges, but we all have the power to create our life.
It is just the matter of discovering, embracing and living into this power.
And trust me, if someone like me could shape her life according to her dreams and aspirations, you can do it too!
Anyways, you might be interested in learning more in a further detail about my life story from a small Ukrainian village to the land of opportunities and building my life there. But hopefully, you would definitely want to find out how to intentionally shape your life.
You are worthy and enough and you deserve to live the life of your dreams. You can have love, success and happiness. You just need to know how to make it happen for you.