As the daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend, of military veterans, I wanted to take today to honor the people who have served in or are currently serving in the armed forces. I know the sacrifices that need to be made to be able to wear those uniforms and it is a position that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Being part of the military is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted and I feel honored to have such close ties to the military. From the days of watching my father come home in his uniform or seeing my uncle retire to even witnessing members of the military honoring my relatives after their passing, I have always had respect for the military and their veterans. Whenever I see a veteran, I always feel a special attachment to them because the life of veterans is all too familiar to me. So, if you see a veteran today or any day, make sure to show them respect and remember what they’ve done for you.
People constantly tell me that they are jealous of the relationship I have with my brother. We are extremely close, we get along better than most siblings, and we act as if we’re twins, even though we’re three years apart. When people point this out, I can’t deny it, but the truth is my brother and I have been solidifying this relationship for YEARS, so I think, after all of our hard work, we deserve a good relationship.
When times got hard, rather than separating and growing apart, we stayed close together, becoming each other’s support system and we fed off each other’s strength. This was how we managed to progress and develop our individual peace, balance, and success, despite whatever madness was going on. Over the years, my brother has become my best friend, my business partner, and my mentor, among other roles he plays in my life and I honestly could not have created a better big brother… Well, maybe he could be less stubborn, but I guess nobody’s perfect. Either way, I literally cannot imagine my life without him and I feel honored to share so many journeys with him.
Today is my brother’s 25th birthday and, although he has accomplished so many things already, I know there is so much more he’ll achieve in the next chapter of his life. Happy Birthday Junior!
If you’re anything like me, then you got your first glance of Aubrey (Drake) Graham on Degrassi as Jimmy Brooks. You were shocked to see him get shot and end up in a wheelchair, but you were even more shocked to see his character, along with so many other core characters, slowly be taken off of the show. However, it wasn’t long before Drake’s Comeback Season began playing in your ears (and, if you’re a true Drake fan, you know about Room for Improvement, too). Soon enough, Drake was everywhere and So Far Gone was being nominated for a Grammy. Flash forward a few years and Drake has released three more albums (working on another one now), has become one of the most popular rappers in the industry, and has clearly moved on from his Degrassi days.
Needless to say, I’ve been a big fan of Drake’s since early on in his career and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him perform live twice. Both were great shows which is why I’d see him again, but my admiration for Drake isn’t solely because I watched him as Jimmy Brooks or because he makes “music for women.” I appreciate Drake because, most times, I feel like his music is a reflection of my life and it is so relevant to what is happening in my life. Whether he’s talking about the struggle and hunger to be successful in “Say What’s Real” or “Lust for Life” or if he’s venting about dealing with changes in his personal life in “The Motion,” “The Calm,” or “Hate Sleeping Alone,” each lyric is in some way relevant to me. Even songs like “Look What You’ve Done” make me think about my own family, while his triumphant songs like “Trophies” and “We’ll Be Fine” remind me of all that I’ve accomplished. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Sometimes Drake gets a lot of heat for being light skinned and Canadian, but, in many ways, he is a strong and necessary voice of this generation. At least the part of this generation that finds itself constantly caught within a dichotomy. There aren’t too many artists, not just rappers, who don’t represent the reality of the situation enough, but Drake does that. If he gets heat for it, then so be it because at the end of the day he’s still worth about $50 million, so he must be doing something right.
Anyways, Happy Birthday Drake!
A couple of months ago, I celebrated my 22nd birthday and the start to my Year of Cano. Most people claim the Year of Jordan when they turn 23, but, in my case, Robinson Cano is a reason to celebrate. To give you some background, Cano was born on this day (October 22) 32 years ago in the Domincan Republic. When he became the second baseman for the New York Yankees in 2005, his jersey number was 22. After a couple of seasons, he had to give up his number and became 24. Flash forward seven more years and Cano is now second baseman for the Seattle Mariners and is back to number 22. Thus, the importance of 22.
As many of you may know, Cano is my favorite baseball player (with Jeter’s recent retirement, there’s no more battle for first place) and I feel honored to have been a fan of his since his major league debut nine years ago. Throughout his career, I have seen Cano go from a rookie with potential to a Yankee star and now the Mariners’ best weapons. Cano has become, arguably, one of the best baseball players in the league and I’m sure he’ll only continue to solidify himself in baseball history. Outside of baseball, Cano has proven himself to be an admirable man, only making me a bigger fan of his.
Simply put, Happy Birthday Cano!
I want to take today to celebrate my second mother, my lovely Titi, my Becky! Today is her birthday and I wish her nothing but infinite happiness and blessings. She is an exemplar woman and human being. Some people may think she’s feisty, which she is, but she also has a heart of gold. When this woman loves you, consider yourself lucky because she loves hard. She will do whatever she can to make sure that her loved ones know how special they are and she will do anything to make them happy. Honestly, I appreciate and love my Titi Becky more than she will probably ever know. It meant the world to me for her to go to Puerto Rico for my Sweet 15 and to say the toast. She went out of her way for me again when I graduated high school and she flew from Texas to Maryland at one o’clock in the morning to see me walk across that stage. It was only right for me to try to pay her back by making a trip to Puerto Rico this past April to see her marry the love of her life and a man who has unconditionally become part of our family. But she one up’d me again when she gave me the pleasure of being her Maid of Honor, something that I will always treasure.
I value these things she’s done for me and everything else she’s done for me because she is such an important person in my life. I’ve witnessed many of the hardships she’s gone through, yet she has never given up at life. She just keeps pushing forward and keeps moving up. Like I said before, she is an exemplar woman and I assure she is the type of person I strive to be. I genuinely appreciate the close bond I have with her and I hope she gets to celebrate her day in the way that she deserves to be celebrated.
Happy Birthday Mami Becky! I love you!
Today we celebrate the 13 colonies’ victory against the British in the American Revolution. It was the victory that sparked an overflowing need for freedom, justice, and independence. Along the way, America had to make some adjustments and changes to make sure that the country was sticking to it’s priority of freedom. It’s true that when the United Stated was formed not everyone was free and not everyone was sharing the same joy that the revolutionaries were feeling, but it’s also true that, without the American Revolution, I wouldn’t be a free U.S. Citizen and that rings true for many other people in this country. At the end of the day, all Americans share a mutual history that has affected our current situation in one way or another. On the same tip, all Americans share a mutual responsibility for the future of this country. So, as we celebrate the independence that this country achieved in the past, let’s remember to continue the path to freedom for everyone.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Whenever someone new steps into your life, it’s customary to be wary and a bit suspicious of that person, especially if you didn’t choose for that person to be a part of your life. You don’t know the person and, although you don’t want to judge the newcomer, you still wonder if they can be trusted, what their intentions are, and if they actually are good people. Eventually, they’ll start to show their true colors and either your worries will not have been in vain or you never had anything to worry about in the first place. It just depends on the person and the circumstances.
Jose, at one point, was a stranger, a new member to my life, and, in all honesty, I didn’t like him. I didn’t think he was right for my sister and I even refused to serve him the food that I cooked. However, I can truthfully say that today, a few years later, I gladly say Jose is part of my family. Throughout the past few years, he has proven to me that he’s a good person and he’s done a good job of spreading the joy and love that he has in his heart. All in all, he’s secured a spot in my family whether he likes it or not! I don’t regret being wary of him at first, but I certainly don’t regret accepting him into my life either. He is the best brother-in-law I could ask for because of many different reasons, but especially because he is perfect for my sister. I don’t think I could think of another man who could make my sister as happy and fulfilled, which is the main reason why he’s won over my love as well. So, today, your birthday, I wish you nothing but endless love and happiness.
Happy Birthday Jose!