Immigration, legal or illegal, has been in the news lately. It stirred debates, it hurt feelings, it destroyed lives. It placed those who immigrated recently in a category of “unwanted,” although we are a country of immigrants with the exception of Native Americans. Somehow, it has been forgotten that we all came from somewhere at one time or another.
My memoir, tells the story of what we, the recent immigrants, have in common with everyone else, no matter when we arrived in America. The focus is on the universal human experiences, emotions, wants and needs as experienced by the human race, and as I experienced them not as an immigrant but as a human being.
Regardless of when and how we arrived in America, most of use came here for the same purpose: FREEDOM!
Did we have a choice as to where we were born? Could anyone “think positively and be born elsewhere? We couldn’t will our birth, but later in life we could make choices.
I defected from Romania, I chose freedom! Lately, “The Secret,” made popular the idea that one could accomplish anything by the power of positive thinking, but could we really?
In the beginning of my memoir I wrote briefly about the real power of positive thinking and how it relates to the concept of luck. How we have choices but also limitations.
My memoir is about how a woman who happened to be an immigrant from Romania lived in America. What defined her life? The fact that she was an immigrant or the common human experiences and emotions? What was the core of her life: Hope, love, hate, divorce, parenting, suicide of someone close and the triumph over cancer and unimaginable hardships, or where she came from?
I have had the unique opportunity to experience two enemy systems: communism and capitalism. For that reason, the title of my book is, “Memoirs from My Two Lives.” However, the emotions experienced under both systems are similar, they are the core of who we really are, not our place of birth.
Regardless of where, when or how we came to America, we came to be free, we came to be happier ! What we planned and the reality of our lives … how much control did I have, could be questionable…
Please read on and find out… the truth!