Song of the Day

Christina Aguilera – Reflection

When first heard this song I cried, why lie. I am a crier. I first heard this in Christina Aguilera. It was the end of my freshman year. Having this vivacious fantasy of what life would be after high school disregarding my family when they said “Life isn’t fair,” not telling me the story behind their belief. When I began going through the systematics they were accustomed too, they attempted to shelter me from it. Which I feel that is why that they became afraid when i left the nest entirely, moving to a totally different city and living completely alone without their protection. I recalled the idealisms, which were naive in a sense. Thinking the world was just and right. Which after being told their stories, being a Latin family in a low moderate income community; truth began to come out.

Eventually, the stories of their systematic racism and their racial discrimination came out. As the racism I began to experience in my life journey brought the stories out, but the difference that they saw in me; which firstly began within my family an act of shame. Was all in the end a way that they attempted to protect me from the cruelty of how the world can be. As one thing that was constant idealism in my family circle “People don’t care about us poor folks.” Which in the Latin community we are told “You need to get married to be protected” as well as “the world won’t accept a woman like you.” Which post journey, hearing the 2020 version made me cry ye again. As this became my swan song. As the question I know have now is “When will my reflection show who I am in side?” As I face another mole hill that seems like a mountain now due to systematics makes my swan song and the blog’s song of the day; Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection.” As maybe one day I will have this “biased empathy” disappear with my story telling and all that is affecting us in today’s world. As we all are subjected to the ugly beast that is “systematic racism.

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda Lopez is a Texas Native, born in the heart of San Antonio's West Side Community. Frieda attended Lanier High School and primarily attended Memorial High School where she graduated with the class of 2001. Raised in a blended family dynamic, Ms. Lopez gained her noble character from the women she admired and loved the most, her grandmothers. Frieda attended Alamo Community College where she majored in Liberal Arts primarily studying on biology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and creative writing and shortly attended University of Incarnate Word. She gained a MBA from AIU and has actively participated in local fashion shows until she moved to Houston returning back August 2019. She began her career in healthcare, where she gained the skill of being able to not only resolve conflicts but reach out and engage in the community through her time serving as health care relations customer care and outreach representative. After being let go from her employer which she last served as a Customer Relations Representative for DentaQuest, she began her journey in retail where she came part of the leadership team a month of working as a part time representative for MarketSource and build a relationship with her local Target team. She later served five years with Amtel T-Mobile as a Store Manger after moving to Houston to pursue a management position with unfortunately ended in adversity which opened the opportunity of writing her first book "Journey of an Unraveled Road" will be releasing her second book a fiction based series titled "The Rideshare Chronicles" with the first book to the installment titled "Destination Destiny."

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