Prompt: What is important to you? And why? (maximum 250 words)
My freedom matters to me
"Ethics for Amador" is not my favorite book. Definitely not a reading that I would like to repeat. Now, from all of its statements there is one remarkable sentence stuck in my head "We are not free to choose what happens to us, but free to respond to what happens to us in this or that way".
As an infant, my parents always emphasized the importance of freedom. Of course, I didn't get to choose my family, my nationality or even my name. Decisions that for sure have a great impact in my life -from the why I don't celebrate Christmas as everyone else does to the reason why my name is not Chinese.
However, I was always encouraged to do the things I enjoyed. I never had the need to fulfil other people expectations but my own. Having the privilege to decide my passions and dreams, what to believe and how to act.
In a world where plenty of people lives to please what society demands, I grew up as a product of my own choices, which constantly convince me that freedom is the most important we can have.
My freedom allows to reach my goals, to believe and defend my opinion upon topics such as non-discrimination and to never give up on my passion for both science and art. It matters to me because it grants me control over my life and it's a reminder that regardless of the circumstances, I can choose whoever I want to become.