As it was Latvia's Independence Day, loads of news agencies wrote staff about people who has left Latvia to go to live abroad. Saying that these people are betrayers and that they are weak and careless and many other not so good things. Now approximately abroad lives around 200'00 Latvians. 
 I absolutely don't agree with them! I wanna brake these stereotypes! 
 Personally I left from my country 4 years ago. I finished my studies and I had a chance to go to Cyprus, cos my mom already lived there for one year! It was not easy to leave everything I had and go somewhere I never been and where everything is new. I knew I will have to start absolutely new life! New languages, new people, new rules, laws, weather, everything! At that time my English was in "yes and no, thank you" level, so believe me, it asked a lot of courage and power to be able to start new life from almost 0!!!! First months in Cyprus was so exciting, so I didn't even miss my country, I didn't even think about it! Then, when things are not so exciting anymore and they have become more as usual staff, you start to realize what happened. What have you done to make your life better. Where are you, what you have at the moment and what you had before. You start to compare things, how this is here, and how it was back home. You start to question yourself, is it right, should I be here? Will I go back? Then memories flies above you as dark rain clouds. Memories about family, friends, school, just even how nice it was to go out and be on your own land. Then you realize what have you sacrificed for your own life! You have left your home, your family, your friends, and everything you had all these 18 years of your life. Everything is there, but I am here.... It is really hard when it comes to Christmas or any national celebrations, you feel so empty.... We can make the same foods, decorations, get some Latvians around, sing Latvian songs, but still it will never be the same! 
   I've never been my countries betrayer! I love and adore my country, always been big patriot! We all want a better life and sometimes we have to do things what we don't really want to, just to achieve what we want, what includes leaving the land you grew up and lived most of the life. But it doesn't mean that I've stopped to love my land, love my people and forgot traditions! I will always carry Latvias name in the world for the best! Latvia is the most beautiful country in the world! 
   Lesson of the day: Don't judge a person before you've been and felt how it is to walk in his shoes! 

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