People face challenges every day. Without challenges, life would be trite and boring. However, there are different levels of challenges. A challenge could be something as simple as making a decision. It could also be facing and accepting a total change to one’s way of life. When one leaves their country and home for somewhere new, hopes are often high about where one is going. But moving into a different culture and surroundings is a challenge to any person who faces it. Many different types of people have left their homes for someplace new. The Irish, for example, left their homes of religious persecution and starvation to go to America during the mid 1800′s, hopeful to start anew. More recently, the Brazilians have immigrated from their country to countless other countries, but mostly to America as well. A little less of a challenge would be moving to another town, which can be highly stressful, and sometimes does involve meeting and understanding something almost like a new culture. A challenge is to call into question whether one can confront being in a place that is totally new to hom or her, and understand the culture around him or her.
The Irish were faced with the challenge not only of moving to a new country, but of dealing with the presuppositions of the Americans, who were mostly Protestant as well. The Irish people left Ireland due to the persecution about their religion from the English. In America, there were many job openings in the railroads and coal mines, and there was also the idea of religious and personal freedom. But the major reason they left was due to the potato famine, in which millions starved.