“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

My parents would not allow the weight of the iron curtain to hide my stage. Suitcase in hand, they uprooted their lives in Poland and started over to give my brother Piotr and me opportunities they never had. With each experience I appreciate more the choices and sacrifices they made so that I might have choices of my own. I wish that I may help others find their stage and inspire them to act.

Over and over again, my travels remind me that not all parents can do as mine. And despite tireless efforts, the troubles of our world persist. People live in poverty and turmoil. Many of them don't have choices.

I don't want to get discouraged. I want to help. I want to make that difference.

A phrase by Grace Hansen inspires me: "Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin."

I don't know how my role will change or how the performance will end. I don't know if it will resemble a Broadway production or a school play. But I do know that my life has begun, that I am on that stage and that I am trying my best to act...

— Kasia Biezychudek