An Open Letter to the Smaller Person

People forget how painful it is to be the bigger person. As a serial “bigger person”, I find myself being the person who gets hurt, twice. First, because the “smaller person” hurt me. Then, the “smaller person” can’t/won’t admit they are wrong or can’t see how they’ve hurt me, and I have to be the one to reach…

Faking It

The last thing people would ever describe me as is “shy.” People usually opt for adjectives like loud, talkative, and outgoing, but never, ever, shy. I would agree for the most part. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. In social situations, I can often be found interacting with people, new and old. But here’s…

Body Shaming: Is it a Cultural Thing?

I live for August. For the past few years, August has always meant vacation to Dominican Republic. For those who are unaware, I come from Dominican parents. Both were born there, along with my two older sisters. My parents travel frequently back and forth, and in August, my sisters and I join them. During this…