The truth is, I enjoy the freedom of expressing myself and making my own decisions, which would not have been possible if I had remained in my conservative shell. But I respect my conservatism too, because - deep down - I relate to it, and it taught me responsibility and commitment. It’s a part of me, even if it’s frustrating. And if I learned to respect my religion because of my parents' conservatism, then I learned to respect someone else's through my own experiences. Expecting my parents to forgo their ideologies and accept mine would be a long shot, but allowing them to mould my personality is NOT OKAY. After a certain point, you stop listening to what others say and focus on what you want to say.
So to quote Taylor - "The idea you had of me, who was she?" A liberal, a conservative, or just someone on a rebellious spree? Rachel Green's words sum it up best, "It’s like all of my life everyone has always told me you’re a shoe, you’re a shoe, you’re a shoe, you’re a shoe. And then today, I just stopped and I said, what if I don’t want to be a shoe? What if I want to be a purse, you know, or a hat?”
Henceforth, acknowledge me as a pen. A pen that charts its own path, regardless of its surroundings.