My name is Woo Kim. I’m an Asian-American (Korean, quarter Japanese, a citizen) 21 year old female, as of this writing. I draw a lot and I love to do that, and I do it for people everyday – but it’s not enough for the price of freedom. To me, that’s around $3000 – a safe number for me to get away to immediately sublet or rent a place out for at least 2-3 months, and find a job to keep myself financially stable.
Every day, I live with my mother and my brother. While my brother isn’t the cause of my desperation and depression, my mother has time and time again, yelled at me if I do so much as say that I want to spend time with a friend, pressures me to pay for an education that I do not want, and denies me any sense of desire – I don’t get to choose what clothes I want to wear, I don’t get to make plans with friends, I don’t get to choose what jobs I want to do, I don’t get to learn how to handle my responsibilities, and I don’t get to pick the future I planned and wanted. My life would be spent to do nothing but study for a future that I’m not guaranteed to have.
For the past 7 years I’ve gritted my teeth to look for the light in this despair, but all I truly desire is the chance to see the world with my own eyes, experience it firsthand, and have responsibilities that I can have! I want to leave my old home behind and burn the bridge, so that I can live the way I want to – I want to wake up every day with a purpose of taking care of myself because I know that I’m living the way I wanted to, and not because of someone else. I want to know how to pay my bills and actually save money and cook for myself. I want to be able to have friends to laugh and hug. I want to be happy, for me and no one else. I want to pursue the education I want at my own pace. I only want to have as much right as anyone else to be able to do all of those things!
…And yet, I don’t know how far this message will go. I almost doubt that this is too good to be true, to ask for donations to help me live unshackled, and I feel selfish when there are people who need money for immediate reasons.
But I do know this much: I just don’t want to see myself in the next several years miserable in my room, still stuck under my mother, because I don’t know how to even function as an adult in society, but I’m willing to escape and take my rights as a US Citizen to the fullest.
So if, by chance, that you do want to give a little to me, then thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It would mean so much to be able to live with the choice of freedom.