I love Hong Kong. It’s my hometown. It’s where I was born and raised and grew up in. I’ve learned so many things—the good and bad, and it’s where all my dearest and favorite people are--but at the same time, I also dream of wanting to escape and just move and settle in another city where nobody knows me, where I can start over and truly be myself and experience a whole new world. I guess it’s also safe to say that I’m speaking for perhaps almost half of the population of young girls like me.
I have dreams of working for the New York Times or Teen Vogue, travelling around the city that dreams and never sleeps, visiting the Empire State Building and Central Park, getting lost in the streets of Manhattan, sitting down in a coffee shop with a journal and a pen in hand and then striking captivating and enthralling conversations with strangers that you meet—I long for these as an escape from the bustling, chaotic environment that I’m currently in. But I guess the biggest reason for why I desire a need to escape from my hometown is partly because of my passion—which is to become a writer and NYC just seems to be the perfect destination seeing as though it really is the city where “all things can happen”. It may take me a while to accomplish what I want to be doing or I may be stuck doing a different job but I know that I just want to become a writer and write books for a living and work for magazines and read classic books to my future children.
I don’t know what the future will hold but as the famous quote goes: “you can’t change where you come from, but you can change where you go from here”. So maybe staying local ain’t that bad, you know? It’s all about what you do to get to the direction you want to be in by taking small steps. I think that people dream of escaping so much to the point where they start to develop a gloomy, pessimistic world within their hometown and completely forget how to look at the brighter side of things and that's where the problem starts.
words and photos by Ella Ho