I was surprised of how many Kabayans out there are struggling in their new lives. It may involve various reasons but key reason may be the unwillingness to integrate.
So you think of immigrating to Quebec? Immigrating to Canada? But why? -- that's the question most people think to ask when talking about immigrating to another country. A typical answer you would hear will be: "for greener pastures", "better future", "to make more money", right? or am I right?
If those are the answers you've picked, then you shouldn't be immigrating. The better pathway for you, I think should be an OFW. It's more of a temporary state rather than being permanent.
Immigration usually involves the opportunity of becoming a citizen of that country; of integrating to the hosts' society and culture; Of becoming more of permanent state.
If you can't handle that kind of changes, then try to reevaluate your reasons for immigrating.
To be a successful and more importantly to be a happy immigrant. You NEED to be open about new ideas; to try new things; to taste new cuisines; to explore.
If we are bent on doing the same things you're used to at home, then you shouldn't be immigrating or even think of leaving home. You are just wasting your time and money. And allow your visa quota to be used to someone who actually wants it.
The key to thwart sadness and depression in your first weeks in a new land is to take it all in as it is. To accept your new home and more importantly find positives in your situation rather than to constantly complain about how different it is.
Of course its going to be different. That's my whole point -- embrace the difference! I know its always easy to stay within your culture but try to be adventurous. You have the opportunity to learn new cultures and perhaps create new friends.
Well, let's face it. You choose to be here in Quebec. It's not like you're running away from political persecution or from a country in turmoil. In most circumstances, it took a great deal of planning and waiting to get the visa.
So more likely you know what you're getting into. So stop complaining about the cold winters! Or the food tasted funny! Or the job requires french! -- so learn it! Learn to appreciate it!
Thank your lucky stars you're here and that you have opportunity to be here.
If you immigrate to Quebec, in most cases you will be coming to Montreal. A city I have grown to love. Culture and food so diverse that translates to amazing choices. And great people too. There are always happenings regardless the season. The city has a certain "je ne sais quoi", with the right attitude I know you'll grow to love it too.
I highly recommend becoming a member of the internations.org -- an expat community organization. It's helpful in your integration process. You'll meet the most interesting and amazing people from around the world and form lasting friendships.
I also recommend reading my previous blog "7 Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants", it will reinforce my point in this blog.
In the end, today's blog may be preachy but I hope you see my point -- so much squandered opportunities for living a life you don't have anymore. So stop holding on to the past and look forward onto the future. Like I always say, "I will always love my birthplace but Montreal is my home now".
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