“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I will close my eyes. Take a deep breath. And leap.
Conscious. Deliberate. Aware. And yes... maybe scared.
You see, I am tired of being safe; I am weary of doing what I should;
I am exhausted from trying to be what I'm not. So, here I am... ready...

To love fiercely without guarantees, To laugh at inappropriate times, To make my own timeline,
To love the messy, chaotic gray instead of the clear black and white,
To smile when I should be sternly serious, To eat pizza at 2 am, To only know what today will bring,
To buy books instead of food, To leave my bed unmade, To point out to others when their language is exclusive of others, To head bang on the dance floor, To be unapologetically loud, To cry,
To trust I can run and win a public office, To sleep until the afternoon, To order ice cream instead of fro-yo, To defy my 4th grade teacher who told me my 'quiet' nature was not well-suited for class Vice President,
To be a voice for those who do not have one, To make my own expectations.

To hope. To believe.

— Peggy Yu