Being a Latina means being resilient. It means working hard and not letting bumps in the road, no matter how big or small, stop us from reaching our goals. It means putting our utmost effort to everything we do because people are expecting us to fail and we're going to prove them wrong. It means working twice as hard to make ourselves, our parents, and our families proud. It means ignoring stereotypes that claim we are lazy and being the hard workers that generations of Latinos have proven we are.
Being a Latina means being strong. It means not letting negativity or unfairness break our spirit. It means being a woman who doesn't allow any tough circumstances to make her small. It means being the rock our families need and giving them the strength they seek. It means carrying all the worries of the world on our shoulders and still being able to stand tall. It means being able to put one foot in front of the other and taking everything step by step, even if it's a struggle, because we never give up.
Being a Latina means loving your family. It means helping raise your brothers and sisters while your parents work. It means being a teacher to your cousins who don't understand their homework. It means helping your tias around the house, your tios in the backyard, and your abuelas in the kitchen. It means your parents nudging you, "Ve a saludar" every time you walk into a room. It means bigger kitchen tables perfect for seating huge Mexican families. It means tamales and frijoles for Thanksgiving instead of a turkey.
Being a Latina means being proud of everything your family has sacrificed to get you where you are. It means being proud of everything you have already accomplished and will continue to accomplish in days to come. It means being proud of your ancestor's struggles. It means pride in your culture.