"When my father died a few years ago, I felt completely helpless. I had no control over it. I couldn't do anything aside from watching him going away, you know? It was so tough. Just a few weeks after he passed, I graduated and started my professional life. Not too long after that, I had my first kid. Those couple of years after his death were a big turning point for me. That's when I really became an adult. Before, I felt like everything I was doing was to make my parents proud of me. My dad was, like, the figure of authority and he's the one I wanted to be proud of me the most. But it's not like that anymore. It wasn't some kind of epiphany or anything. It was just a settling with the idea that I now do everything just for myself and my wife and kids. I'm 100 percent independent and it's really gratifying."