This is my story.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York with my Mom, Dad and two younger brothers. If you would ask my parents how they would describe me as a child, their initial response would be, “different.” I wasn’t like any other normal kid. I was always locked away in my room daydreaming while spending my days writing stories that I tucked in between my bed mattress. Growing up as a kid, I never felt that I was understood, and that I had no one who I could relate to. I was the odd kid in school, never quite ran with the popular crowd but never fit in with school rejects.
As a child, being emotional and sensitive to everyone and everything had its ups and downs. After all, I am Hispanic, and we are very expressive people and too loud for that matter! But, I enjoyed expressing myself and letting my voice be heard. Unfortunately, whenever I did speak my mind, I was shut down and told to “cállate!” To add insult to further humility, that I didn’t have any idea what I was talking about. And so, for the next 20+ years, I silenced the voice within me.
It wasn’t until I had an awakening with God that put me on the path to freedom and discovering that I was put on this earth for a purpose much greater than I could ever imagine. In her last televised show, Oprah echoed these powerful words:
“I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common: They all wanted validation. If I could reach through this television and sit on your sofa or sit on a stool in your kitchen right now, I would tell you that every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire. They want to know: ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?”
I thank God for my family and friends who never gave up on me and inspired me to go for the impossible. In life, we all want to be seen and heard. It’s not about screaming the loudest or making sure you say the right words, but in essence, it’s about freedom of expression. It’s the power of human connection. We may not get the most likes, posts that are re-blogged, or many followers, but to know that you’re given a platform to express yourself is the greatest human right ever bestowed upon us. In the words of Uncle Ben to his nephew, Peter Parker, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
So onward I will go, blogging away to my heart’s content, even if that audience of one is…ME 🙂