the queen of inbetween
The bubbly blondes thought eating mashed potatoes and rice in the same meal was gross.
The message was clear to me: I wasn’t allowed to embrace my Filipino traditions along with my American upbringing.
The older I got, the more expectations I came across.
It happened when I realized I am extroverted while struggling with crippling anxiety.
It happened when I realized I was bisexual while still also being spiritual.
It happened when my heart broke when I held my lifeless baby in my arms while still trying to find purpose.
Always, I gravitated to stories and characters. Wonder Woman. Arya Stark. Mulan. Maybe that’s why fantasy, contemporary and magical realism stories will always hold my heart.
After a lifetime of loss and high expectations, I see now that I’m all of it. I get to choose my place.
To the hyphenated and the hybrids, the misunderstood and the lost, there’s a place for you…and you get to choose.
Are you ready to create your place?