Growing up Mexican-American

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Growing up Mexican-American is way harder then you think there is a lot that goes into being both races. Growing up Mexican-American is very different from just growing up only one race. Growing up as a teenager i went through things teenagers go through. It was hard but i found something to help me get through it.

Submitted: January 04, 2017

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Submitted: January 04, 2017

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Growing up Mexican-American it was very different from growing up as only a Mexican or only an American. Growing up we did most of the traditional things Americans did as for Mexicans, such as we celebrated the most popular holidays (Christmas,Thanksgiving etc) same as for the Mexican traditions like we celebrated Christmas on Christmas eve & we did quinceaneras. Growing up as a Mexican-American i got like two Christmas’ because i would celebrate it with my dad’s side of the family on Christmas eve & the the next day on Christmas i would celebrate it with my mom’s side of the family. Growing up Mexican i didn’t do most mexican traditions as get baptized as a baby or go to a christian church or anything in that sort. I grew up going to a Mormon church & i got baptized when i was about 8 or 9. Growing up Mexican-American it was pretty hard labeling myself Mexican or white. When people would ask me i didn’t really know what to say because if i said i was white i wouldn't fit in with the mexicans and that’s all i grew up with & if i said i was mexican i would lose a lot of friends & i felt if i said i was mexican people wouldn't like me. People probably can tell i was mexican do to the skin color but i didn't speak spanish. I knew a little bit of spanish and what people were saying in spanish but other than that i didn't know much.  It was pretty hard growing up not knowing much spanish most of my friends knew i didn't know but for the ones that didn't i just played it off. I mean i can say i've been through alot but not as much/bad as others. My parents were good parents fought a lot but other than that they were good, they were like normal parent they hit us once in awhile but, they got me pretty much everything i wanted till this day they still do. Growing up i had a lot of sibling to keep entertained i had 5 siblings 3 sisters 2 brothers. I grew up in Gresham in a one story house in a duplex with 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms next to my grandma and grandpa and cousins. I don't really remember much but we moved in there when i was about 3 or 4 years old. The oldest memory i can remember was when i was about 3 or 4 when we barely moved into that house i was at my grandmas next door and we were eating little caesars pizza. We moved out of that house when i was about 7 years old do to family problems. We moved into an apartment with 2 rooms and 1 bathroom it wasn’t very big because it was just a temporary place. But when we moved in there it was small but we dealt with it like we do with everything. I didn't really have any friends if i'm being honest i was and still am not the type to just walk up to someone and just start talking. I had about 1 or 2 friends there they were pretty cool they lived in the apartment area so that was really cool. They showed us around the apartments and showed us where we could by candy yes candy mexicans in the apartment area they sold candy out of there apartments i know it doesn't sound right and it sounds pretty scary but i didn't think that at the time the only thing i wanted was mexican candy. The only memories i really remember from there was that i didn't like the school of course i was the “new girl” so i got a lot of attention but not in a good way i got bullied by the girl that lived above me and the girl that i was friends with. It wasn't really getting bullied by my friend becky it was more of the girl that lived above me. Another memory is that there was this one time i was with my sister & some friends and then this kid that lived above me came up and he said that the person selling the mexican candy wouldn't accept the $100 bill he had he asked if any of us had a $1 so i ran home got my dollar bill and gave it to him so we traded the $1 bill for the $100 bill i know that was a messed up trade but he didn't care he got his candy and he was fine. When i got the $100 bill i was excited i was so excited i decided to tell my mom & dad. Never again will i tell my parents i have money. At the time i was just so happy i wanted to show everyone i was thinking that i could get a lot of stuff with all this money but then my mom & my dad had to do the right thing and they took my money away from me and they gave it back and i guess he took it from his mom’s purse or something well that's what my parents said i didn't really believe them and i thought that they wanted to keep all the money to themselves but now i probably think that they gave it back like they said. After about 2 or so months of living there my parents decided to move we moved in a 1 story house 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms but there wasn't enough rooms for all of us and we had so much room that my dad decided to make rooms and when i say rooms i don't mean 1 or 2 i mean like 3 or 4. We lived in the country it was a pretty big move for all of us because none of us lived in the country before and we’ve only lived in the city. There were no taco bell’s no mcdonalds which i was very mad about because i love me some taco bell. It was a small town the closest store i believe was about 5 to 10 minutes away driving in a car i can't even imagine walking. I was in about first grade when we moved to the country school was good it wasn't very hard for me to make friends over here because i was “the new girl” and i guess they don't get many new people out in the country. I still live here to be exact not a big fan of it it’s the same people every year at school and the same old drama. Jr high wasn't the best experience as my brother and sister said it was. They said it was fun a lot more freedom you got to use your phones but when i got to jr high it was very different from what they said it would be a lot has changed in the past 4 years when my brother and sister told me that. As for any other teenager jr high and high school aren't that fun. I felt as if i didn't fit in because everyone at that school wanted to be “popular”. Which i don't get what the big deal was never have i would rather not have my name know then for everyone to know my business and my name. I talked to a lot of people that were “popular” i wouldn't consider myself “popular” at all. I'm the type that will talk to anybody whether they had a bad past or not. I think i'm that way because of the girls that i went to school with and i never wanted to be like that i don't get how people can be so rude it’s like chill we’re all human. I'm not very good at advice never really have been so my friends know not to come to me unless it’s an emergency. A lot of people say i'm funny (no one does) but i think i'm funny and i tell the best jokes. Some people say i look like Camila Cabello and Selena Gomez together so i guess i'm pretty. See what i did there i said i was really good at telling jokes. Growing up as a teenager a lot went through my mind insecurities, depression and other things every teenage thinks of. A lot of people my age are doing drugs to help them with those issues but for me i found something that would help me and it was music. I've always had a passion for music ever since i was a little girl. I've just always loved the way the singers sang with so much passion and time they put into the song and the lyrics. I think the singers that have helped me through a lot of my issues were Camila,Lauren,Ally,Dinah, & Normani they are part of this girl group called fifth harmony. I seriously don't know where i would be without them i know that sounds corny but it’s true the thoughts that ran through my head was just too much for me and yes the thought of ending my life was in my head. But then i remembered there’s more to my life other than school and friends and it was music. The girls in fifth harmony have change my life and me personally they have taught me to be confident in me and who i am and to never change for anyone. Growing up my parent weren't very for it for same sex marriage and being in or supporting the LGBTQ community, because we went to church and it isn't really a sin or you would get punished for being gay they just don't really allow same sex marriage. Me on the other hand was all for it i don’t have a problem with same sex marriage or the LGBTQ community i feel liked if you’re a girl and you want to be with another girl then go for it hey i ain't judging you. I think everyone should love who they want and be with who they want to be with with no one judging them for it. Coming out as bisexual to my friends and school was the easy part, i still haven't came out to my parents because i feel like they wouldn't accept it. My parents aren't homophobic or anything it’s just what they believe and stand for. I feel like my parents kind of know and same for my siblings because they’ve been dropping hints but i'm probably just paranoid and delusional. Coming out as bisexual to my friends wasn't bad they took it pretty well, they didn't believe me at first but eventually they believed me. I'm still friends with all of them, me being bisexual didn't change anything in our friendship. If you’re questioning who you are, your sexuality, who you want to be or anything in that sort experiment. Experimenting will help a lot it will release that stress you have and the questioning you have if you didn't like experimenting then you know it ain't for you but, if you liked it then you go girl/boy it has helped me a lot and i hope it has/helps you too.


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