Boricua Even If I Was Born On The Moon

Boricua Even If I Was Born On The Moon

What does it mean to be Boricua?

This phrase was made popular after the song "Boricua en la Luna" by the Puerto Rican singer Roy Brown in 1987 (and later in 1997 by the band Fiel A La Vega).

But what does it really mean to be Boricua?

For those of you who don't know, the island of Puerto Rico used to be called Borinquen (Boriken) and from this resulted in the name Boricua to refer to the island's inhabitants. However, I believe that being Boricua today is more than simply being someone who lives in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico

After talking with a few Puerto Ricans I bring you the three themes that constantly arose in answer to the question: What does it mean to be Boricua?

1. The Boricua loves his Island and his culture.

Everyone knows that here in Puerto Rico as well as many other places "la cosa esta mala" (things are pretty bad). However, despite all of this, the Boricua love his island of 100 x 35 square miles. In Puerto Rico, you can find three of the few bioluminescent bays in the world and out of all of them Mosquito Bay in Vieques is the brightest in the world. The Spanish forts and streets of Old San Juan are historic treasures, the mountains, landscapes, and bodies of water in the mountain range captivate people, and so on... It's also good to add that Puerto Rico's beaches are ranked among the best in Latin America and the world.

Flamenco Beach, ranked #6 best beach in the world

The reality is that the Puerto Rican culture is one of a kind. In Puerto Rico there is a spirit of hospitality, being with family and friends, celebrate everything, and as they say here: "a mal tiempo, buena cara" (In bad times, be happy). In Puerto Rico hurricanes and droughts result in excuses to go out, visit, and even stay until late having fun with friends and family. There's nothing like spontaneously inviting people you know, everyone gets there with food, and being there sharing and having fun until late.

2. The Boricua doesn't have to be born in Puerto Rico

Like the phrase says, "Boricua Even If I Was Born On The Moon". As we mentioned earlier, what makes a Boricua isn't much about where he lives but more of what he does or who he is. For example, Tony Croatto is an icon of Puerto Rican folk music who interpreted classic songs such as “Yo Habito Una Tierra Luz”, “Cucubano”, and “A Correr Sabana”. However, not many know that he was born in Italy and was raised in Argentina and Uruguay. Here is one of his famous songs:

Additionally, the famous actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents and has lived most of his life in the United States although he often visits the island. Today, Lin-Manuel Miranda has become one of Puerto Rico's most prominent voices in the United States. Actually, he has advocated on television and in Congress over Puerto Rico's economy. Here he is on John Oliver's show:

3. The Boricua is proud of his land and his people

Being Boricua is something to be proud of and when you ask a Boricua that isn't in Puerto Rico about his Island get ready to be hearing him talk about it for a while. One person I interviewed stated, "Being Boricua is to be proud of your heritage and of your people and always want to show that proudness in whatever part of the world you are."

No doubt whatsoever, the Boricua loves being Boricua!

Translation: Being Boricua is awesome!

If you are Boricua I hope you were able to identify with many of these themes. Remember that no matter where you are, in the Island or out of it, if you identify with these things and you love both Puerto Rico and its people then you are definitely a Boricua.

¡God bless! ¡Wepa!

Cover Image Credit: La Respuesta Media

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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These tragedies you face are real, and they try to break down the very substances that make you who you are. Counselors and therapists can help you make sense of the burden you carry. There are many reasons why you might be hesitant to see a therapist, but if the burden you carry becomes too much, a therapist can help you lighten that load.

Know that what you are going through is real and it is tough, but you will make it out on top. You are a survivor and a success story. Every single bad thing that has tried to tear you down hasn't succeeded, and this will be no different. Trust me, your story is not over.

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