Dejando el Sueño Americano: El mundo de donde vengo y el que llamo mi hogar

Cuando tu familia es una mezcla de culturas y países puede parecer difícil encontrar un lugar donde encajar.
The United States , Northern America

Story by Kiri Wihongi-Croxford. Translated by Leonardo Ismael Pérez Correa
Published on September 6, 2020.

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Cuando tu familia es una mezcla de culturas y países puede parecer difícil encontrar un lugar donde encajar. Mi ascendencia es bastante mixta. Tengo nacionalidad en 2 países y he decidido no vivir en ninguno de los dos. Mi madre es Británica y halló hogar en 4 países. Mi padre es indígena Maori (Nueva Zelanda) y encontró hogar en 3 países. No es sorpresa que yo siga sus pasos y encuentre un hogar en países distintos al de mi nacimiento.

Vengo de Estados Unidos con una breve estancia en Nueva Zelanda cuando era muy joven.  Con ciudadanía doble con casi todos mis años pasados en Estados Unidos. Una creencia común que muchos Estadounidenses comparten es que no hay mejor país en esta tierra. Estados Unidos es una mezcla de culturas y religiones, el epicentro de muchas tecnologías e innovaciones impresionantes. Igualdad, libertad, dinero, poder, seguridad y estabilidad son algunas de las razones que la gente tiene para quedarse o emigrar al país. Para vivir el “sueño Americano”

Debí haber sentido que todo estaba a mi alcance, pero algo no encajaba para mí. No podía encontrar un balance con esas cosas que me hiciera sentir bien. 

Mis padres se han ido de este mundo y cuando se presentó la oportunidad de irme de Estados Unidos, no había nada que me detuviese. Si siguieran conmigo, me habría quedado con ellos, pero mi ancla a E.E.U.U ya no estaba… decidí irme, vivir una vida con educación costeable y salud accesible para todos, una vida con crecimiento personal a través de aprender otros idiomas, una riqueza no de dinero si no de un mejor balance  de vida/trabajo; en pocas palabras, la esperanza de una mejor vida fue lo que informó mi desición. 

Desafortunadamente muchos países están pasando por situaciones políticamente ajetreadas y guerras. Los que viven en esos países tienen un amor por su patria y raíces plantadas ahí. Desafortunadamente no pueden quedarse y deben buscar refugio en otros lugares. 

Mi decisión de dejar mi país natal no fue de vida o muerte. He tenido el privilegio de elegir un camino similar al de mis padres: Hice las cosas que buscaba hacer y mucho más. Me ha permitido abrir los ojos a una nueva perspectiva. Mi previa perspectiva estaba moldeada por el Sueño Americano. Sea cual fuese la razón de mi nuevo parecer, el mundo del que vengo y el mundo que llamo mi hogar me han dado una visión de lo que mis padres hicieron durante sus vidas y una explicación de por qué yo he decidido hacer lo mismo.


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Kiri Wihongi-Croxford

Kiri Wihongi-Croxford

I am born in the USA to immigrant parents. I am now living in the Netherlands and experiencing life from a perspective that many Americans never will. I am also a citizen of two countries, a hairstylist by trade, wife and mother.

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