I only found out a few days ago that the Government shutdown affected me directly when my wife mentioned it: I don’t have residency or work papers and we’d assumed we’d have it within 6 months of application.

My young mind had no idea these papers come from a federal office.

Ergo, my life is paused and even my thoughts of going to school may be pushed to later.

I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for you, Marley. I spend my days focusing on writing and creating and building an audience and my dream is never to have to get a regular job. But we all know how the hustle is, and how we often have to get ‘real day jobs’ to support our families, pay the bills while we work at night and early in the morning.

How can we do this with a Government like this one? How can it not be easy to lose faith and take the few options we have?

Coming from a country where no matter how educated I was I needed to rely on luck to get a job, I have often put politics behind me. The practice forced me to look at alternatives and learn to reinvent myself over and over in my short life.

It’s the spirit with which I choose to look at this unfortunate situation.

There is little I can do to change many things, but there are many small things I can do to change small things.

I try to think of my family back home and my wife who is doing her best to cope with this uncertain situation.

Some days are easy. Some days are hard. But we’re still here. And we will fight with the tools we have.

I will pray for you and hope that somehow, things get better.

Best wishes from this end and thank you for the mention. It was an amazing compliment and I appreciate the fact that you found my depiction of America good enough.

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