Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
“Hit me with your best shot. Why don’t you hit me with your best shot? Fire away!”
I believe that every person we encounter has something to teach us, even a person we might describe as an enemy. As a matter of fact, I believe no one can teach us and help us move forward as much as an enemy can. If you believe in the subject of souls and reincarnation, you understand that enemies are actually people who love you very much and it is because of that love that they have taken on the monumental task of prompting you into action by pushing you as hard as possible. Enemies are only energy that is opposite to ours and that when used constructively can help us find a place of complete balance. If someone is making you really angry and has it out for you, they are here to teach you something BIG!
Here are what I believe to be the three main enemy types and what it could mean for you if you are being exposed to any one of them.
Young Turks – Rod Stewart
“We got just one shot of life, let’s take it while we’re still not afraid. Because life is so brief and time is a thief when you’re undecided. And like a fistful of sand, it can slip right through your hands.”
Our conversation started lightly enough. I was chatting with my cousin and her husband on my mom’s couch about the upcoming elections, things that were happening on Instagram, and the really cool hashtags Bernie followers are using.
#FeelTheBern #BernieOrBust #BernBrightLikeADiamond
Don’t ask me how we got to the point where my cousin uttered these words because anything that came before this was immediately forgotten:
“Yeah, the eggplant emoji is a dick.”
Hey Mama – Kanye West
“Can’t you see you’re like a book of poetry? / Maya Angelou, Nicky Giovanni / Turn one page and there’s my mommy.”
Today is my Mom’s birthday. It is an extremely special day for me because I L-O-V-E my Mom. There is no denying that she is a priority for me and that she will remain so until the day one of us kicks the bucket.
I consider myself highly lucky in terms of the mother God gave me. She has always been funny, considerate, exciting, supportive, energetic and so much more. Although she is all of these and then some, there is one thing about her that stands out: she talks in sayings or “dichos” as they are referred to in Spanish. It is almost like she has her own language and it is somewhat poetic to listen to her speak. Seriously, Maya Angelou, Nicky Giovanni, turn one page and there’s my mommy!
In honor of my Mom’s birthday, I thought I would share her favorite sayings and the lessons that she so desperately wanted me to learn through them. Without further ado, I offer you Gloria’s words of wisdom:
Free As a Bird – The Beatles
“Free as a bird, it’s the next best thing to be.”
“What he doesn’t know yet is that he’s found a worthy opponent because even I wasn’t able to boss you around.” My mom told me this as we joked about my son’s somewhat pronounced bossiness. I started thinking about what she said and wondered why we try to change or curb qualities we are born with just because they aren’t all that popular?
Take me for example. Much like the Andean Condor, I’m both Colombian and need a certain level of freedom to be happy.
The Andean Condor in all of its splendor.
I like to come and go as I please, I like to remain debt-free, I like to have no rules, I hate planning and once I have made a decision I just do it. In the most recent episode of this, I told my Mom I was thinking of getting a sidecut. A sidecut is a hairstyle that requires shaving half of your head. My mom asked, “ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?” My reply to that message was:
Yeah, like I said, a lot of freedom to just do is needed here.
Faith – George Michael
“Because I got to have faith, faith, faith.”
A couple of years ago when Jorge and I went to Chichen Itza during our time in Mexico for our friend’s wedding, we stopped at the beautiful and mysterious Ik Kil Cenote. Ik Kil, also called the Sacred Blue Cenote, is a beautiful sink hole that was sacred to the Mayans, and that they used for both relaxation and ritual services. The cenote has a carved out stairway which people can use to jump from different heights.