I clicked on the Facebook year in review. It wasn’t all bad. As a matter of fact, it featured postings and photos relating to my samba school, my beautiful, loving tribe that truly deserves a piece of writing dedicated to them(2015 seems a good time to do so). While I smile when I remember all the dancing, laughing, and celebrating we did, I realize that the story of my year is much more complex. Facebook may have some matrix that detects the number of likes and comments; I know better.
In terms of my personal growth and the strength of my family, 2014 was a challenging and therefore inspirational year. We have weathered illness( and major surgery)and the death of loved ones among other troubles. I learned a long time ago that my attitude in trying moments is in my control. I can choose to love, smile, pray, breathe, be.
The following are seven photos from last year. I look forward to another year of love, unity, and peace.
|Great America Dance Day 2014 : By then, I was on my third round of antibiotics and within two weeks I would be hospitalized for emergency surgery. Pero ni modo, my baby comes first. I love to watch her dance so this day was no different.|
|Mr. Backpack: gone but never forgotten|
|Photo by Rambo. The Four Generations photo he had planned since we decided we were going to Peru.|
|My family at the most beautiful place on Earth|
|Photo by Soul Brasil Magazine. San Diego Brazilian Day Parade. I finally did get to dance with my samba community.|