Thursday, May 31, 2012

Latina Still Standing
Despite betrayals, divorce, hardships and numerous tragedies and losses – I can say without a doubt that I am truly a blessed woman. Thanks to my faith, my family and my friends – I am a Latina Still Standing.

What is a Latina Still Standing?

In my own definition a Latina Still Standing is someone who is resilient. She is a woman who stands strong despite having faced traumatic life-changing events. She is an overcomer and exudes beauty through her strength. She is beautiful from the inside out and she is a Latina who refuses to quit.

Resilience is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience. It means facing life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people to rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.

I am resilient. I am a Latina Still Standing.

A Latina Still Standing is not perfect. Like many others, she has regrets, she has made mistakes and has hit bumps in the road along the way, but even though she has fallen, she refuses to quit and she chooses to get back up.

A Latina Still Standing wants the best for herself, her family and her community. She is committed to helping other Latinas stand tall and relies on her faith, family and friends to help her get through tough times.

A Latina Still Standing respects herself and others. She smiles in the face of adversity, handles challenges with grace and courage. She knows that strength and courage run through her veins and is encouraged by the other Latinas that have gone before her.

I want to share my story and the stories of other strong Latinas that I have met along my journey. I want to open up the dialogue and share our experiences about how we each have managed to rebound from tremendous adversities and hardships. I want to share how we didn’t let these moments define us. How we overcame and are still overcoming. How we keep standing.

There is a common thread in the stories of the Latinas that I have met and interviewed. Their stories of their faith, families and friendships play an integral role in helping them to stay strong, not to give up and to keep standing.

Latinas have generations of strength and courage in their DNA, they also have a strong support network that consists of madres, tias, hermanas, comadres, and amigas to help them get through any challenge that may arise.

Our faith plays a tremendous role in our resilience.

I know that without my faith in God, I would not have been able to survive any one of these traumatic events that I have endured. I have experienced tremendous loss in my 40+ years on this earth. Losing my two cousins, who were murdered within a few months of each other, surviving my fathers’ suicide, enduring horrible betrayals, a divorce and many other tragedies.

Regardless of it all, I know that I am Still Standing because of my faith, my family and my good friends. Of the three, my faith has been the key ingredient that has allowed me to overcome each experience that has tried to knock me down.

Yet…I am Still Standing.

I look forward to hearing your Latina Still Standing stories and how you have overcome and are still standing.

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