I remember some classmates in 4th grade lending each other Super Nintendo games by the front office at school. I asked one of them if I could play with him sometime. He quickly put everything away and said condescendingly “why? You don’t even have anything I want”... I was embarrassed and bummed but it was no big deal, kids are brutally honest.
I was the new kid who had just come from Mexico.
I was actually born in Orange, CA - moved to Puebla, MX where I started my life, and returned by 4th grade.
My English was bad and had 1 real friend all year. I never saw myself as a lesser being based on my circumstance though, I was happy.
My parents are immigrants and their work ethic to this day humbles me. We kept our heads down, lived in a 1 bedroom apartment, got by, and never complained about a thing. We were never even so much as a lower-middle class family, but I don’t recall EVER lacking a thing. I never went hungry.
Being raised by these incredible humans inevitably taught me humility, survival, gratitude, and best of all how to be truly happy. All my wealthier friends growing up always had cool things and everything in their house worked(lol) but I didn’t feel envy toward them or shame for myself. It was rooted deep in me to stay in my lane.
My mom would often make sure I wasn’t going around being a “pediche”, which is just a Spanish term for someone always asking for stuff- and my Dad always made it clear that we weren’t fancy and everything in life was earned through hard work. Complaining or expecting were never even a thought. “Work for what you need, and don’t expect a thing from anyone.”
These days, I definitely get fancy and spend $4 dollars on coffee, or feast @chipotlemexicangrill a couple times a month bc guac is life🥑 But I never for a second forget who I am, where I come from, or expect a thing to be handed to me. I am grateful beyond measure, humbled, and happy to have the few cool things I am blessed with. I believe now that those circumstances were an advantage, preparing me to chase my dreams and embrace the road ahead.
Also... I have a Super Nintendo with all the best games now. Eff that kid🤙🏽