What is my story, you ask?
Not one that can be covered by a mask.
It involves venturing into the dark ocean
Looking towards a better future with devotion.
The story begins as I crossed eerie waters
When I was only a six year old daughter
I looked for the creatures of the sea that loomed around my boat
As I sat there curious and afloat.
I landed on an island
One not ruled by a tyrant
It was a new country full of foreign faces.
A new home known as an oasis.
I appreciated what was offered
So in the future my family wouldn’t suffer.
I kept my grades above average
Because I knew that on my shoulders there was a baggage
I looked for what I now cherish
A career that would not easily perish.
One that was unique
One that would help me reach my peak
For my heart settled on Asian Studies
A major full of strange theories
It came for me a day I was unusually depressed.
A day my life changed, who could’ve guessed.
The strange theories came as a test of identity
A simple who am I, and then serenity.
I knew I wanted to explore this surreal world
So the train arrived and I climbed aboard.
I found wonderful history
I found wondrous mystery
To me, it was a peculiar sounding language
That would later become my anchorage
Faces that looked unfamiliar
At first they all looked similar
Then they weren’t foreign looking anymore
They became people I now adore.
But Asian Studies doesn’t begin to describe me
I’m a Sagittarius with many layers, you see.
I join my hobby with my major
Making my studying not a labor.
My hobby of dance
Gave me a chance
To combine and learn their dance
A dance that puts you in a trance
But not only do I learn of the traditional
I learn of the transitional
Of how KPOP is world wide
A music genre that helped me decide
Of how a hobby and career can be combined
As if fate had it assigned
Watching a traditional tea ceremony was all it took
To make my decision a closed book.
For it was Japan and my love for anime and manga
That made me sit on my veranda
Sometimes for many days
Sitting there in daze
For I had to make sure my future was resolved
For I had to make sure I had evolved
At first I was afraid
At first I strayed
Filled with doubt
I needed to become a root that would survive in a drought
Then I decided
I felt as if I was guided
So I told myself to decide on a future full of unusualness
One that might be full of scrupulousness
Even if certain uncertainty is bound to come my way
For it is a path that could lead you astray
But it isn’t for me
For it has been the key
To countless closed doors
Since the young years of my identity wars.