The moment I discovered Selena, that very moment was life changing. Selena embodied everything that I wanted to be. Sure, discovering her music wasn’t exactly an accident; my mother basically forced her upon me but her music has been crucial to my life ever since. Imagine this little Mexican child looking at her television and seeing this superstar of a woman being confident, empowering, talented and Mexican-American. *Mind blown* Selena had Mexican roots but grew up in the United States, she spoke broken spanish, she was expected to be both Mexican and American perfectly and she was unapologetic in the way that she presented herself.
21 years ago today, Selena was tragically taken away from this world. She was only 23 at the time of her death, but I’m sure we all know that she made a lifetime’s worth of change in the world. Her music continues to impact, not only people in the Latin community, but all over the world. I very vividly remember watching Selena on television and wanting nothing more than to be just like her.
Selena taught me a lot; she taught me how to dance, she taught me how to be confident, she taught me that you don’t have to pronounce every word in Spanish perfectly, she taught me that it’s OKAY to love pizza, she taught me that a bold lip can make all the difference, she taught me to love, to be humble and to do it all with a wide smile on my face. She taught me that no matter how much success you gain, to never forget about your roots because being Mexican is who you are. She also taught me that if all else fails; create your damn own path. Not only was Selena important for the Mexican-American community but she made a huge impact to women everywhere. She taught us to stand in our own confidence and be unforgiving in the way we seek success.
Today is a sad day, a day where we are forced to remember how we tragically lost someone so important in the Latin community, but today I will seek comfort in the music that Selena left behind and will sing my pain away. (I’ll try to sing quietly can it can get real bad)
What is the greatest lesson that you learned from Selena?
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