For the past two years, I have taken up writing as another source for creative outlet. It was probably only five years ago, where I was incapable of really writing anything that held actual meaning or fluidity. Writing was never my strong suit, and honestly, most of the vocabulary I know today are words that have never and will never been used in my home. My parents didn’t learn English as their first language, and they didn’t learn it as their second. English was their third language, and it definitely wasn’t the language they spoke in the household. I went to school hearing English all day and came home hearing both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. I grew up pronouncing many words wrong because my parents pronounced them incorrectly, and I found myself struggling to expand my vocabulary because the range of words used in my house was profoundly limited. I entered middle and high school with no one able to proofread my essays, or to provide any guidance in literature. I struggled greatly to keep up with students who had the advantage of living in a home that either spoke English as a primary language or knew English past an elementary level. To all the people in the world who had parents that spoke a different language from their education, who had to work significantly harder to keep up or to get that good grade, I have so much respect for you. It was never easy and took a lot of self-motivation and drive. Even more, I couldn’t imagine being in the shoes of someone moving to a new country past their education years and attempting to learn a whole new language through everyday small talk or digital media. Although my family could never help me with my education, they were my ideal role models, the hardest workers who never gave up, no matter how large of a language barrier there was. Today, writing is something that I thoroughly enjoy; it’s all me, it’s all honest, and it’s something I overcame on my own. It has given me a voice for my unending thoughts and a way to share stories beyond the cage of my mind. And I’m hoping it’s something I can continue for as long as I live.