A Naive Country

As a first-generation American born in Akron, OH, I experienced my parents work hard for me and the good of my future. As a kid I never understood why Dad had to work so hard at a second job. Growing up in a good community made me naive in this sense. I saw Joey’s dad come home at five o’clock and not have to go to a second job. I asked my dad why he had to work more than Joey’s dad, and he explained that “Joey’s dad was born in America and was privileged to get a degree at a young age.” This made no sense to me until age 13, when I went on a trip with Dad to his native country of Serbia. The minute I walked out of Belgrade Airport, I was shocked. I had never saw so many cars older than 2000, I had never seen garbage just piled on a street corner, I had never seen so many beggars in my life. That’s when it all hit me. My dad explained that only five percent of the whole world lived the good life that we did. Before going outside of the the US, I thought that the whole world lived a similar life to mine.

This trip was a life changing experience. I now understand why my dad worked so hard for our family. He came to America from a developing country. He worked harder to make up for the schooling that he lacked from his upbringing. He also feared the life that he had lived before coming to America, so he worked as hard as he could so that we would never have to live that life. 
 I believe that many Americans, that have not been to a second or third world country, are naive in the way they live and think. I was a victim of this until I traveled to Serbia and my perspective on life changed ever since. I highly recommend that every American, with the financial ability to travel, goes to a developing country to see the life others live outside of the U.S.

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