Train Tracks

I came to the U.S. for higher studies. Having spent all my life being around the family, surrounded with relatives and friends, and having all the comforts of life, it wasn’t easy to start a new life in a new country that was on the far side of the globe. The world wasn’t as connected in those days as it is now, and the grueling winter only made things worse.

After I settled down a little, and once I completed the first two semesters, I landed my first job in the most amazing city in the world, New York City. It was an incredible feeling to work just a block away from the Twin Towers, and to be a part of the fast life. The job was in my desired field, and I was now making enough money to pay my bills, and also pay my own tuition. My career had started to take shape, and I couldn’t be happier.

Choosing Light - Viral Dalal

Working in Lower Manhattan

Within the next few months it was time for a winter break at school. It had also been quite some time since I had seen my family. I had been missing them, and I had this ever-growing urge to meet them.

With this new job in hand, I had to make a decision. Either I could continue to work and choose to meet my family a few months later, or simply follow my heart by quitting the job, and be one with them. NOW!

Even the simple thought of going back home and spending a few weeks with my family gave me far greater pleasure than a secure job and a much needed paycheck. It was an easy decision.

A 4 week holiday wasn’t approved, and so I left my job, and I packed my bags to go back home for 5 weeks instead. The plan was to look for another job once I returned.

I spent the next 30 days with my family, exactly as we had planned. We spent time being together, and lived the same way we did before. It was truly the most amazing time of my life.

We all learn to make choices as we grow. I chose to go and see my family first, and did not worry about a maxed out credit line or a career that had just started to take off. This was the BEST decision I made in my life.

Those 30 days happened to be the last days that I spent with my family.

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