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I Visited The Country My Family Is From For The First Time To Spread My Grandfather's Ashes

I lost my grandfather, but I found my culture.

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Hi! I'm Michelle. I'm half-Indian and half-white, but until very recently, I had never been to India.

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Here’s Part 1 of my journey:

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Here’s Part 2:

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I grew up in a family that embraced both cultures, and I loved it. But there was always something missing.

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I don't think you can truly understand who you are, what sacrifices your family has made, until you venture out of your comfort zone to see them firsthand.

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It wasn't until my grandfather's unexpected death, that I needed to go to India to perform his last rites ceremony.

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We travelled to the river Ganges to perform the last rites ceremony for my grandfather and deposit his ashes into the river.

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I learned to appreciate my family on a completely new level.

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This is my Dadi Ma. She is my hero. She moved her family to a new country in the hopes that her children's lives would be better. If anyone asked me to move to a new country I'd want a big money offer to convince me to leave my life, family, and friends behind. She didn't have that. She had one suitcase and a bunch of hope for the new place despite not speaking English or knowing anyone.

I challenge you today to tell a friend or a family member how much you love them. Because you might not know the sacrifices they made for you until they are gone.

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Be humble and be thankful for the path those before you have paved the way.