Swathimaa: I was born in Berlin, Germany. My family still lives there. My parents were really supportive. They let me make my own decisions. I had a great deal of freedom. When I was 16, I quit school and left to travel the world. Thinking back on it, it’s kind of amazing they let me leave so young. I don’t know if I could do that if I had a child. But, for me, it was a great gift. I was free to follow my heart. And, it taught me responsibility.