Maybe I was just born in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If today I were a gay man in America, I would have had the ability to go to the state that protected my right to marry my partner and have children with him. But I live in India where my aging parents keep looking out for a marriage proposal for me which I have kept turning down much to their disappointment...
If today I were the rich kid of a billionaire dad, I could have devoted my life to philanthropy or pursuing a passion like film making just for the heck of it regardless of its profitability. But here I am a middle class child earning my daily corporate wage and depending on that monthly salary to keep my family going while I watch youtube videos to stave off my appetite for the director's chair.
If today I belonged to the majority religion in my country I could be proud and happy that the new fascist government is paying special attention to our existence and sparing no effort to promote our interests over those of other communities. But here I am a religious minority, doomed to be subject to persecution and harassment on different levels everyday, forced to accept my fate and questioned daily as to my nationalism and my true country of origin.
If today I were a man, I would have to ability to travel anywhere I wanted and walk about at odd hours of night fearing only robbers or thieves. I would be able to speak and have my voice heard. I would be able to demand and have my demands met. I would have been able to stay childless well into my 50s because I could father a child any time. But here I am a woman, who is susceptible to rape, who has to fight to have her voice heard, who is by default expected to heed to her ticking biological clock and fulfill the need for procreation at a suitable age.