Story: The Freedom of Choice

My 'Sense of Belonging' comes from the freedom of being able to decide for myself and follow my heart. My parents were divorced when I was 4 and I lived with my dad and grandparents until I was 11. This was a much less restrictive life, they cared for me but to a certain extent allowed me to make my own choices. After that, I went to boarding school and began to live with my mom on weekends. In contrast, she was very strict and I found it hard to adjust to this new way of care. Her high expectations on not only my results at school but also on my appearance still continues to this day.

I came to England when I was 16 and I remember jumping at the chance to come. My life now is very different, I am on my own and able to make my own decisions. Although I am not yet fully independent of my family but I have had a taste of that freedom. This is where I am most comfortable and happiest, without the influence of others, I am free to make my own mistakes, create my own path through the tunnel and be who I am and where I am supposed to be.