I never anticipated that where I was born, what I did for a living or who I professionally associated with could result in me being unable to freely travel to countries. Now I can’t change where I come from. And I will be hanged if I will let anyone tell me who I can and cannot associate with. Same goes for what I do for a living and I’m fully aware that what I do is something that a lot of people feel is unnecessary.
Perhaps if I had been born in a different country I wouldn’t feel so strongly attached to having had the freedom to choose my career. I may not even feel so strongly about keeping my career, but I was born in a country where the government did not dictate my choices. And I was blessed to grow up with parents who didn’t tell me I couldn’t do things because of my gender or such.
I cherish my freedom to travel, to speak and to associate. I also cherish the position I’m in that allows me to help others, to be a voice of the voiceless. And now it is rather possible that I will have to consider which of these I value the most. Or perhaps it’s a case of which of these is the best to continue to use for now so I can hold onto the others for when I need them. At the same time I have to consider if it is possible that I may not be able to ever regain back that which others which to take from me. And this time I know I’m not the only person in this situation.