I should have been born a boy.

This is what I grew up hearing constantly from the women in my life, whether it was at home or at church. Because you see, I’ve never quite fit into the cookie-cutter mold they’d tried to pour me into. And I never will. I’m not that filial and docile Korean girl.

Korean girls weren’t born to take risks, and they’re certainly not bred to, but I was a risk-taker starting from a very young age. And despite all my imperfections and heartbreaks and failures I still am, a risk-taker, and it feels so very good. And so I’m eternally grateful for each and every bump and bruise and scar on my soul along the way, even as I sit here alone writing to you now from a small town called Evergem just outside of Ghent, Belgium…(more about me)

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