Debunking the Myth
"I had the itch to try my luck in a different country. Luckily for me, it was the U.S. who called.
TBHP: Describe yourself in three words.
S: Courageous. Loyal. Thankful.
TBHP: Tell me about where you grew up and what your childhood was like.
S: I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. I’m a proud son of hard working parents who overcame significant obstacles to give us what we needed. It was a happy childhood full of support.
TBHP: What was the worst thing you did as a kid?
S: I 'stole' my dad’s car a couple of times. He had this beautiful shiny silver ’68 Mustang. Couldn’t help it! Ha! Also, my brother and I used to sneak out of the house to go to my neighbors and stay up until dawn. Good times.
TBHP: Can you tell me about one or two people that you remember who have been
particularly kind to you in your life? If they were here what would you say to them?
S: One of the first guys I met when I move to the States, Diego, was key. He was working at this sandwich place that I used to go every Sunday. One day, he started to talk to me. He didn’t have to, but he did. We became close friends. He introduced me to his friends and family. We played soccer together too. I’m grateful because now that I look back, it was a defining moment in my life. I left everything behind, friends and family, to chase a dream. Diego made it less hard. Thank you, Diego. You made a mark and I will never forget you.
Another person that was paramount in this journey is Samuel. He, like me, came to the States about the same time. We met each other at a party. We both share the dream of creating stories, each one in our field. We became friends and roomies. He was one of my best men (yes, I had four).
To Samuel: the journey has been incredible. You have made it more than memorable.
And speaking of best men, Fernando, has also been kind to me. Met him two years before moving cities. We have so much in common. They started to call us twins because we even look alike. In soccer they will always confuse us and they will fear us because we had an understanding with each other that went deep. Funny how it also translates to life.
Twin, you’re one of my best friends and I hope that’s how it will be forever.
TBHP: What are the keys to a strong relationship?
S: Trust. It doesn’t come lightly. It’s something that builds slowly overtime but once you get to that state, you connect with your partner on a whole other level and you’re solid forever.
I met my wife in Denver, at Wash Park, playing soccer. We’re both avid soccer players, so the connection was instant. I don’t think I formally said: “do you want to go on a date with me?” It just happened. It was weird and whimsical, nothing that I had experienced before. We had the same group of friends from soccer but when we were out and about we just gravitated toward each other, like earth and moon. One thing led to the next and all of the sudden we were together. It was awesome.
TBHP: Are there any traditions that have been passed down through your family that you can tell me about?
S: Growing up, every Saturday and Sunday we would go to each of my grammas’ house. It was amazing. Spending time with my cousins was one of my favorite things growing up. I consider them my siblings. Because I’m over here I don’t see them anymore but every time I go back I make time to see them. I will hope that someday, my kids will come with their kids every Saturday or Sunday to my home.
TBHP: Is being Latino important to you?
S: It’s crucial. Being Latino is what makes us unique. It has been satirized lately but we should never hide. For the contrary, we should go the extra mile to keep showing everyone how important we are to the country.
TBHP: Did you immigrate into this country?
S: I immigrated here. Since I was in college, I had the itch to try my luck in a different country. I wanted to be in advertising. I wanted to write the most thought-provoking commercials. Luckily for me, it was the U.S. who called. I met some of the best people here. Caring, trustworthy, superb people. This country gave me a beautiful and loving wife and extended family. Hopefully one day, kids.
TBHP: How would you describe yourself to someone who has never met you.
S: I’m an observer and I’m loyal.
TBHP: How would you like to be remembered?
S: Like a trust-worthy, loyal and caring human being. Happy with no regrets.