Family and Friends motivate me every day no matter how many times I say I want to go away from them. What I do is because of them. Making them proud of me is my number one goal. My family is my biggest treasure and I will always love them no matter how many times I disagree with them. Friends are special; they will always make you laugh and there are some of them that become part of your family and you start to forget that you guys are not related because you just feel like they are your family.
Aloud: “Mexicans are loud!” Yes, I guess we are. We can be in the same room but we will always talk loud because that’s just how we are. We like it loud. We like loud music. We need music all the time. We need loud music to dance, to cry, to sing, in sad moments and in happy moments. We just need music in our lives for everything and not just any kind of music, we need corridos, banda, mariachi, cumbia, norteñas and we need it loud and at the right moment.
Inseparable: We scream, we cry, we laugh, we get mad at each other, but we always do it together; we are all in the same boat and we will always be.
Traditions get lost and it takes someone strong to bring them back. I want to be that person who brings traditions back in my family. When I was little I remember every Christmas we would get together at my house in Mexico and we would break piñatas and eat a lot of candy, tamales, posole, buñuelos, ponche – all those things. I was happy because I had all my family by my side. We all cared about each other. I remember we would dance, our grandparents would tell us stories and then we would go to sleep just to wake up to the recalentado to see everyone there again. We don’t do that anymore. We are not kids anymore, we are all grown up now and no one lives in the same place anymore… but one day I will do all those things again, even if it’s the last thing I do.
Hope: “While there’s life there’s hope.” That’s our motto right there… we don’t give up. My family will always try. We are always trying. We came to the United States with the hope of a better life and now we are kind of stuck with that “American Dream”… “Ni aqui ni aya.” That’s what we say now because we can’t go back to Mexico now. If we go we wouldn’t be able to come back… we are not completely happy here. Yes, we have a better life somehow because now we have the material stuff we need, but we don’t have what we love the most. My grandparents are dying and we have not been able to go see them for the last time. Now we have jobs, but that’s all we have here. We don’t have that freedom we had in our country anymore. We don’t have grandparents anymore. We don’t have that life we used to have, we didn’t really have money but we were always happy. I was always spoiled by my grandparents. They loved me and they didn’t need money to show it. I miss that life I used to have, but we all need to make sacrifices to have a better life, and I’m not going to give up. I know one day I will have what I want and I will always pray for that day. I know it will never be the same but I still have hope that one day things are going to change somehow because “MIENTRAS AIGA VIDA AY ESPERANZA!!!”