Posted on June 8th, 2020 at 9:03 PM
“We have the power those who came before us have given us, to move beyond the place where they were standing. (...) We are making the future as well as bonding to survive the enormous pressures of the present, and that is what it means to be a part of history.”
I grew up for the most part of my life in a privileged bubble of Cupertino, California. My parents sacrificed a lot to make sure that my sister and I grew up in a safe community with good schools and with ample opportunities to succeed. I was usually a shy kid up until high school who never spoke out his beliefs in fear of being shut down by the consensus. I realized I wasn't afraid to stand up but terrified of standing alone. I wanted to act and talk bold as the opinionated teenager in me realized the injustices around me, but for the longest time I was scared I wouldn't be able to get my thoughts across properly. As someone whose first language wasn't English, I never used to consider myself as the "one with the right words." I was always afraid of not saying the right thing in a group or saying the right thing but being misunderstood. I let that fear control me for a long time, up until high school. I'm done letting it consume me now.