I want to maintain the balance between my cultural, colorful, and vibrant background and being conscientous of that fact that times are progressing. I understand that to those in my familia I may be the "White-washed Latina" because I choose to be healthy or fit. I also understand that those on the other end of the spectrum still view me as different. Like in all of this is a juggling act. Finding my place and understanding that's where I need to be most is essential. I know where I come from and I understand that I may never fit the mold on either end and I'm becoming ok with that fact, because as an educated and well-rounded Latina, I'm beautiful.
You are raised and taught a certain way to eat or believe in God. You grow up and you realize that although you love that part, there is more. I begin to explore different ways in which I want to live my life. Yet there is a part of me that feels judged by others who are also Latino because they do not believe in this lifestyle. Because they feel I am no longer Latina enough. But that's what others think. Ultimately, it doesn't matter.