Mayliris Flores | Contributing Writer

In every moment of our life, we are making decisions. In the morning, we start it by making a decision of whether waking up or to continue sleeping. Denis Waitley, a motivational speaker explains, “You are responsible for the eventual outcome of your life. You have been given the greatest power in the world – the power to choose.” Waitley mentions that God gives us the power to choose and everyone is responsible of the results that those decisions make in their future. Some decisions are more important than others. However, what would happen if we could compare our current life with some important decision we made in the past?

Two years ago, I made an important decision in my life which was leave the comfort of my country Venezuela for to find a better future in the United States. This decision brought many changes in my life. Now I can look back to compare what would have happened with my education level, family and friends, and quality of life if the decision would have been to continue in my country.

Two years ago, I was finishing my system engineering career. Probably, I would have finished it and would continue to exercise it in my work. I would be an accomplished professional and with a desired job. However, having the desired job would be worthless because of  the current situation of Venezuela – which is going through an economic crisis; where people can only work to be able to get some food. Education, houses, cars, and other valuable things remain unattainable because of the high cost of living.

In contrast, today I am studying a new career – Enterprise Computing Technology – at Century College in the United States. This is a country with many opportunities to study, and there are many colleges, universities, and many places to learn languages. I am also learning another language that is English. It is an universal language which will open many doors for me to find a new job after I can continue to grow professionally. Later, with a good job and a profession, I can buy a nice house and car. This way, I will give a better quality of life to my family.

Another factor that changed in my life was family and friends. In Venezuela I grew very close to my family, and I was always aware of my parents, nephews, and brothers. After I got married, I visited them every weekend, or they visited me. We went out with our friends to visit other states. We also went to the beach once a year; the trip was only three hours driving. We were always present on their special dates like bithdays, weddings, baby showers, and Christmases.

Compared to our family life in the United States thousands of miles away, it is very difficult to feel close. Although there are many apps that help a lot, such as Skype, Whatsapp, telephone, Facetime, and Facebook. These applications are not enough because physical contact is also necessary. Moreover, other inconveniences are that I do not have the same free time to talk and the time difference. In winter, there is two hours of difference compared to Venezuela. Likewise, here we have some friends which we visit like every two months because they have their friends and own occupations.

On the other hand, over the few last years, the quality of life in Venezuela has deteriorated in aspects like safety, health, and public services. For instance, when we lived in Venezuela, criminals tried to steal our car on several occasions. It was impossible to try to walk after six in the afternoon without being mugged. Another factor that kept me very worried was the acquisition of medicines in pharmacies because when I went to the pharmacies, there were not all the necessary medicines. Additionally, public services such as electricity and water were being rationed. For example, I did not have water each Saturday or electricity each Tuesday in the afternoon.

In the United States, one of the things I admire the most is the quality of life where people pay their taxes, but the State responds by giving the people security, health, and quality public services. It is great when I go out to walk and feel calm. It is great to be able to talk on my phone anywhere, and it is also great that I can leave my car parked, so that I return to get it intact in the same place. I have tranquility knowing that if I get sick for any reason, I will be able to go to the pharmacy and find everything I need. I think we get sick less. Finally, the public services work perfectly. Also, the speed of response when something breaks down is admirable. I do not remember ever being without electricity or water during these two years.

In conclusion, after this decision, my life has given great turns in terms of studies, family relationship, and lifestyle. First, my educational level is growing, and I am reaching new goals like learning a new language to put all this into practice in my future work. Second, my life took a big turn in how I communicate and relate to my family and friends. I hope to have the tools and patience necessary to keep our relationship alive. Finally, I am very grateful to God for guiding me in this decision because the great changes that it gives to my lifestyle are wonderful. I think if I would have choosen to live in Venezuela, I would be frustrated because I did not have the courage to make this decision, and now maybe it would be too late to try. I would not have the resources, or my husband’s life or my life would have been overtaken by insecurity.