I was enjoying my life. Nothing was missing.
Then I saw my friends leaving for abroad, some to study, others to live. I wondered: "How is that? "
I left Iran for Canada. It was a lot of fun, but I couldn’t decide if what I had sacrificed was worth it. Nonetheless, I was very fortunate to come to Canada, not everyone had this opportunity. So decided to enjoy my temporary residence, and not wonder if my moving to Canada was the right course of action anymore.
I saw my friends talking about immigrating to Canada. They filled out forms, and waited. Not too late, they were permanent residents of Canada. I thought with myself: "why not me? After all, it doesn’t harm. Let’s not miss this opportunity."
I had my landed status in Canada, and my college was over. I had planned to return to Iran after graduation, back when I moved to Canada. Then I wondered: "Wait a minute, if I stay for another three years, I will have a Canadian Passport. I can then enjoy the freedom of traveling anywhere without worrying about visas. Why not do that, like a lot of my friends? "
I had my Canadian Passport. I was working in a company and almost satisfied. The prospects looked good. Then I thought: "I’ve been working hard for the past few years to get this promotion, why should I live in a country with no insured employment? Let’s strengthen my footsteps here first. I can always return."
It’s now years that I have been "temporarily" living in Canada. Not that I don’t want to return, but I don’t like to miss opportunities either. After all, I can return whenever I wish, can’t I?
Note : This article was also published in the 12th issue of Ghasedak, an online magazine by Iranian students in Toronto.