Gender, ethnicity, race, class, religion, nationality, sexuality, philosophy, lifestyle... Every person should be treated to same, with kindness and respect. We all experience highs and lows in life and all strive for one thing , to be happy and fulfilled and our diversity is what makes us unique. I came to the States for the first time 13 years ago with one thought “If you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere”. I didn’t speak or understood the language well, I didn’t know anyone. I came to build my adult life and “Make it”. I adapted very well and pretty quickly, aside from the brutal New York winters. Most people didn’t assume I was European… or they assumed I was mixed. I know that others aren’t so lucky and can have a hard time “fitting in” a new country and certain neighborhoods…. A difference in appearance, belief or way of life does not make one person better than another. Understanding and accepting people (all people) is key to finding peace in our lives. And beyond that, it is important to make the world a place where all of us can live freely and without fear. And, like in my case, living my dreams in a country that isn’t originally mine. So don’t be quick to judge and envision life in someone else’s shoes before you treat anyone unfairly.