Migration brings value to every culture. In this time of the coronavirus me and my family are living in Austria and yes, the chancellor of Austria has been often criticised for referring only to Austrians in his speeches. And no, it doesn’t bother me.
As an immigrant in Austria but a born and raised European, I consider myself adressed to. I do not care if they call me Romanian, migrant, immigrant … they can even call me Austrian. Because it doesn’t matter so much how I am called. What matters more to me is what value I bring to society. I see myself part of the new-generation Austrians: international, multilingual, free-spirited, conscious and good hearted.
I identify with more tags, with a diversity of tags, and I feel spoken to regardless how anyone starts a sentence, from “dear Austrians*” to “dear humans*”. I will listen and it will say more about the speaker then it will say about me. And even that is not more than a definition of the circumstances. It does not justify, in my world, apathy and agression.
Simplify your life and apprecite yourself, appreciate those around you and as many people as you can. Maybe you won’t make it in the news, but you will be celebrating this amazing new world, this diverse Austria filled with cultures, in which I can promise you: you are important.