Being independent has always been crucial to me. It's not just a preference; it's a necessity. I've learned the hard way that relying on others can lead to disappointment and betrayal. That's why I've always strived to stand on my own two feet, even when it seems like the whole world is against me.

I come from a long line of powerful witches and vampires, but that doesn't mean I want anyone fighting my battles for me. My parents may have sacrificed everything for me, but they also left behind a legacy of strength and resilience that lives on in every fiber of my being.

I know some people see independence as cold or distant, but for me, it's about survival. In this cruel world we live in, you can't afford to be weak or vulnerable. You have to be able to rely on yourself above all else.

That doesn't mean I don't value loyalty or family; quite the opposite actually. My family means everything to me, and I would do anything for them. But at the end of the day, I know that true power comes from within myself.

I've faced countless challenges in my life - enemies who want nothing more than to see me fail, friends who turn their backs when things get tough - but through it all, one thing remains constant: my unwavering belief in myself.

Independence isn't just about being alone; it's about knowing your worth and standing tall no matter what comes your way. It's about refusing to let anyone else dictate your destiny or hold you back from achieving greatness.

So here’s where Hope Mikaelson stands today - strong-willed as ever with fire burning in her veins ready for whatever challenges lie ahead because she knows deep down inside that she was born into this world with purpose!