I thought I needed everyone to like me.
My family came to the U.S. to find a “better life,” but I have to decide what that looks like for me.
“Sometimes I look in the mirror and it takes me a moment to recognize the person looking back at me.”
Honestly? That depends.
Everything is so much clearer than before.
July 2015: Slow Motion
At the diner with my past selves.
Being yourself is hard when your family has a different idea of what that means.
I know that I’m going in the right direction, because it’s one that I chose.
The person you’re jonesing after might not be exactly like the fantasy babe in your head.
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