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One Year Later

A year ago yesterday, I wrote my first blog and opened up my heart, soul, and life to the universe. I published my first book, Song of the Boricua. I went on a year long journey of putting myself out there and sharing my dream of being a writer with the world.

What a journey it’s been. I’ve grown as a person, as a writer, and as an artist. I wanted to express to the world who I am and what I am all about, and I’m doing that on a weekly basis. The blogs were first about my book, my Puerto Rican roots and history. They began to expand to my life and beliefs. Now, they’re about the lessons I’m learning through this process. In a years time, I have traveled to "la isla del encanto" twice. I’ve been to France twice, and learned much more about the world and my place in it. I also suffered the greatest blow of my life, the loss of my beautiful and enigmatic mother. I will carry the torch for my mother; I’ll be a ray of light in a world that’s dark.

I want to continue to say it’s never too late to have a dream and to try. This life is a journey. It’s a day to day lesson on humanity and how we can add or contaminate the world. I want to tell everyone it’s worth it to keep on fighting and moving forward. It’s worth it to take a risk. I’m working on my second book, Daughter of the Boricua, and I will continue to evolve as I write.

I think of the lyrics of the famous Salsa Giant's song, "Baja la Tormenta" ... Where there's a will, there's a way I can assure you that he who seeks shall find, Things can get bad, and I can assure you if the sky falls I will dance. I go with my spear behind that mountain, and I will go the distance regardless of the rain. And while clawing at my destiny I will search for that which is mine because for that alone I was born. If you say you can't, you can get up and go face forward, swim like a fish against the current. C'mon, put your heart into it. Pour the wine 'cause nothing's easy, if you want lemonade you're going to have to squeeze the lemon. And if you’re with me, you will win. Let the party go on and the salsa flow, and I will lift up my flag and represent.

- Sergio George's Salsa Giants - Bajo la Tormenta

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