A Coming Identity

There is something astounding you feel within when you share a certain kind of suffering with someone. It was naïve of me to think that there was no one else out there who’d understand my sentiments. Yet here we are. I’m a Nuyorican. And for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a Puerto Rican from New York. Yup — we have a name. Growing up apart of this community comes with its own way of life… like everyone else on earth.

I was able to really identify with the poem in this video because both the author, Noel Quiñones, and I had struggled with one of the same Nuyorican problems. Not speaking Spanish. All of what he mentions resonated deeply with me, some things more than others. Like for instance… it struck a nerve when he said it was like a countdown when you encountered someone who spoke Spanish to you or when he said, “it’s not lying if I feel something,” when I try to speak my “native” tongue. I hope you guys can enjoy it as thoroughly as I did. The video is below.

And I will say one last thing — people like us do belong. We create the identity of those like us and build our own space to thrive. And we don’t prevail even if it means using Google translator.

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Summertime Enthusiasm

Happy 1st of June everyone!

With the a new month starting and summertime around the corner, StayBlooming.com wants to send a message of positive reflecting. This summer, don’t count your struggles as what held you back but as the challenges that came up during your success. I love this time of year in New York City. Summer usually signifies the break period from the seriousness of 9-5 jobs and educational institutions. It’s all about what’s trending in fashion and fun-filled events. But with breaking and taking time to relax, we must also take time to reflect on how we’ve grown in the last year and re-evaluate what we want for our future.

“La lucha continúa” (which translates to “The struggle continues”) is a public work of art that is garden-side along the Lower East Side’s own Houston Street. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the struggles of societal awareness in the last year. And I’d like to remind everyone that the struggles of the world continue with summer and we must take our breaks but use them wisely. Reflecting is a great tool to stay at your best and only get better.

Stay blooming my friends!