Being Asian meant I have to uphold the Asian values:
1. Do well in school
2. Find a reputable profession
3. Become wealthier than parents
4. Get married
Lately, I find myself asking the same questions over and over again; do I really want to live a checklist life?
When I was younger, I admit, there was always an air of loneliness that loomed over my head. I didn’t quite understand it at the time, but now I do.
It wasn’t loneliness that I felt, it was insecurity. That feeling of uncertainty and the need to be with someone, like an anchor stopping a ship from drifting off into the sea.
I was alone in Hong Kong, with no friends or family. When you’re scared and alone, you desperately want someone to lean on.
I remember looking up the statistics on the ratio between women to men. The population of women to men was 2:1. That scared me and it still scares me.
But what scares me more is the loss of my freedom.
While it is amazing to have a partner to lean on, I value my freedom more.
Yes, it is great to have someone to go on adventures with.
Yes, it is great to have someone to talk to.
Yes, it is great to have someone you can spend your weekends with.
But at what cost?
The older I get, the less afraid I am of dealing with everything alone.
The older I get, the more I value my alone time.
The older I get, the less patience I have for servitude.
Growing up, my family was unique. Rather than placing importance on face time, the importance was placed on support. Even though we see each other once or twice a year, for a duration of 24-48 hours max., the support is there. You never feel alone.
In Hong Kong, it is the contrary. The importance is placed on face time.
Because my family is not in Hong Kong, I am at a disadvantage because more often than not, I am forced to conform to other peoples’ standards.
The same patterns of people exist here and I realized none of those patterns fit me.
And yet, in the 3 years I have been here, I have not met anyone who can understand my values.
If that is the case, why should I continue to conform?
My life is not lived to serve anybody else.
My life is lived to become a better me.