Saturday, August 31, 2013
Equilateral, Isosceles or Scalene?
A very wise friend told me something recently that ended up encouraging me during my visit back home to the USA and my subsequent arrival back to South America. He said, "Let's pretend that the United States is a square culture. You were born, raised, and drenched in being that square. Now, you decide to dedicate your life and passion to the Latino culture; we'll say they are the circle culture. You have been in-between these two cultures for the past 10 years -- whether in your studies, friendships or travelings. Finally, after all these years, you feel like you are not completely a square anymore and yet you will never completely be a circle either. Therefore, because of the progression of events, you all of a sudden are this unique triangle, trying to constantly figure out your place between the two cultures." And you know, the most encouraging part of this real-life analogy is that I've come to accept that it's okay to be that triangle. Actually, it's quite a beautiful thing, although rather challenging and confusing at times. I am a triangle. I accept my triangle-ness.