Jenna’s generosity and candor sheds so much light on the idea of taking control of my passion. All I need is a belief in myself and the perseverance to continue despite any adversity I’m sure to face. I know. Easier said than done. Here’s what she learned…
Aye Abuelito lindo, que difícil fue despedirme de ti. Se que por fin estás en paz con los angelitos. Durante de estos tiempos, me recordaré de tu voz y tu sonrisa, cómo amabas tus vallenatos, y tus postres con leche que tomabas todas las noches — aunque nunca querías terminar tu cena!
One minute I was out with my girlfriends at a popular college bar, the next I awoke in a dark room at a fraternity house. Numb. In shock. Frozen. Staring motionlessly into the face of a monster. His cold, determined eyes glanced into mine, and the words I wanted to scream and shout were sealed inside of my mouth.
“I love you.” A phrase with deep meaning and a feeling we often share with family and friends, but how often do we tell ourselves? How often do we stop and embrace the beauty of who we are, and the gifts we uniquely posses? The choice to be an actor requires deep courage and vulnerability, yet the life of an actor is ridden with daily rejection, pushing our self acceptance into a corner further out of reach. Like all else in life, self love is a journey which requires practice and consistency.
One of the things I'm most grateful for is my heritage; I'm half Colombian and half Guyanese. Living in the U.S., I grew up dancing to cumbia, soca AND hip hop, eating ajiaco, curry AND pot roast, celebrating Noche Buena, Diwali AND Thanksgiving. My extended family is also very diverse; I've been surrounded by various languages, races, cultures and traditions, enough to know that eloquence and intelligence are color blind.
Last year, during a time of personal turmoil, I was introduced to acupuncture by a co-worker, close friend and mentor. Other than knowing I'd be getting a million tiny needles poked into my body, I really had no clue about the emotional gains I'd receive from the practice. Many say that acupuncture is a placebo, but I refuse to believe that something which has brought me so much peace, clarity, and strength is a farce.
You moved time and time again throughout childhood completely against your will. Every new beginning felt like the end of your life, until that loathed new beginning matured into a deep appreciation of change. This is why you’re thankful for always being the new kid: