The dream of a new life
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield
For a long time I believed that if something was meant to be, it would come easily to me and if it was too difficult it was a sign that I should leave it behind, stop struggeling. But the truth can be a little bit more nuanced than that. The trick is to know when to take action and when to just sit and wait out the waves on the sea of life. Some things a worth the wait and needs time to manifest, perhaps because the journey itself is necessary for our growth, giving us the opportunity to really appreciate what we have.
Leaving your homeland to start a new life in another country with hopes and dreams of a better future is one of those things. It’s a topic that is hotter than in a long time, with all the refugees from Syria travelling through Europe, risking their lives to reach a safe place to for them and their children. They’ve heard that Sweden is a great place to live and that’s true. As long as we do all we can to make help them feel welcome.
For some who raise their voices against accepting them, perhaps it helps to remember that Sweden hasn’t always been the promised land. Due to famine and a lack of hopeful future here, 1,3 million Swedes emigrated between 1821-1930 to start a new life.
Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (1898 – 1973) wrote about their struggles and the journey over the Atlantic in his series The Emigrants of four books published between 1949 and 1959, concerning the Swedish emigration to the United States in the 19th century. The first emigrants could spend up to two months on a sailing boat, enduring bad weather, illnessess and eating food that had expired. Later emigrants could make the trip in two weeks, embarking on steam boats in England or Germany, but the conditions were still tough.
It’s in our human nature to do what you need to do in order to survive, physically and mentally. If you are in the position that the only thing between you and your dream are your own thoughts and protective psychological constructs, you’re lucky. Even if your challenges may feel life threatening, they probably aren’t.
Doing what we can to realize our dreams is a way of celebrating life. So honour yourself and your dreams. If you want a new life, go face your fears, be patient and then celebrate. It’s your journey.