It's not easy to live and work in a big city, 'cause the competition is so fierce and you can barely balance your job and your life.

It's not easy to live in a small city, 'cause everyone around you will think they have a say in how you live and you're basically living your life for others.

I live in one of the busiest city in the world and I just had a dinner with a former classmate several days ago.

She gave up. And she had decided to go back home.

"Sad." I thought. But I didn't stop her, because it was her own choice.

I, on the other hand, have a well paid job. So my life is quite good in my point of view.

But I, too, had my tough days in the first few years after I came here.

And even now, sometimes I got overwhelmed by the workload.

But I conquered them. And they made me stronger.

I know it's hard to live in such a big city.

And I know it's also hard to live in a small city like my hometown, just in a different way.

But I chose here because it has the very thing that I cherish the most: the freedom to live my own life.