as long as you are the star of your commonapp essay - write whatever!
I personally explored and wrote 6 full essays after finding the right one for myself. Some essays made me cry while writing and revisiting them because there was so much of raw emotion in them. However, I decided to walk away from them after deciding that they might not be the best from a college essay pov. Know that your essay might be brilliant yet not say much about you - and this is when you should pivot.
When you have written your draft, ask questions like “what can someone who doesn’t know me learn from this?; what is my personality looking like?” and maybe even ask your friends/family what qualities of you does the essay highlight. Then compare this list of answers with the kind of applicant you think you are and would like to be reflected in your application.
Hope this helps, good luck!!