I started studying English really early at the age of 5 or 6. The very early approach to English language brought me the opportunity to explore the world through books, music, internet. Deliberately I acknowledged the Western culture with both pros and cons (but before I came to live in Europe, I knew much more about the North America). I started to realize the life I want to live and the way I want to behave. The decision actually came late, but I'm now just at the early of my 20s. I still have time (not a bunch, though) to start again and do what I want. It's tough but I accept it and do it anyway. I know a Finnish girl who now left the country and lived in Italy where she earns more than eight hundreds a month and pays the rent up to five hundreds a month. But she doesn't want to come back home for a much easier life. She wants to stay at where she loves to stay and lives a life she decides to live. So, not only me, not only her! I believe there are still a lot of people out there whose stories aren't known or written. But as long as we make decisions, we fight for them.
Living on one's own term can be selfish at some point if your path doesn't go upon your family or loved ones' expectations. But I am happy and thankful for my supportive family. Without them, I find it hard to get enough courage to walk on my own path. Because as you may know, Asian parents mostly decide and lead their children to the lives they want them to be. From what I understand about my upbringing, the best time to educate and navigate children is their 10 first years of life. After building a solid base for them, the parents hardly can change anything about the children unless the children decide to change themselves. And that's how my parents brought me up, trusted me and let me decide my own life.
The future is still up front. It can be full of either achievements or lessons learned, or both? No matter how, it is still a bless for me to be able to live my own term. Because elsewhere in the world, the poor, the uneducated, the brainwashed, all who are less lucky, don't even have a real life.