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Struggles Of Growing Up As An Introverted Latina

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Many of us grew up surrounded by confident, proud and very loud Latinas, which is a beautiful thing to behold. While the caricature of an outspoken Latina doing the shimmy and leading a conga line is true on many occasions, some of us cringe at the idea of being the center of attention and prefer to stay on the sidelines. In other words, your fam probably tortures you for being an introverted Latina…

1. Hearing the words “ya te la paso” when your mom is on the phone is a nightmare.

When Hispanic Parents want you to "Talk To Relative" on the Phone. #TeamLeJuan

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You struggle to find the words to keep a solid conversation going.

2. You are not the Sofia Vergara at the party…


…and are more like the chill Aubrey Plaza avoiding small talk at the corner table.

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3. If you don’t like dancing, you will be met with shock and worry.

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Tíos will always attempt to take you out to the dance floor, and your mom will say a prayer and hope you can get through life as non-dancing Latina. Hopefully, you’ll be able to keep our Latina card! *eye roll*

4. The idea of an over-the-top quinceañera gave you anxiety like no other.

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A massive dress, spotlight and a choreographed dance in front of 29,573 people? No, thank you.

5. You’ve probably been called creida just because you’re quiet.

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Don’t be offended, most aren’t worth talking to anyway.

6. “Y el novio?” becomes an existential crisis.

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Like, it’s hard enough trying to figure out this situation, how does anyone expect for you to talk about this openly?

7. Even though people know you’re shy, you’re expected to small talk with every distant relative/primo/family friend/vecino.


Cue flight or fight.

8. Your family will always find ways to roast you or put you on the spot for your shyness.

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Mom will ask you why you don’t talk more, por qué no saludas a todo mundo, or simply WHY you’re so shy.

9. “Ya saludastes a todos?” is what you heard most in your childhood.


Because smiling and waving in the general direction of the crowd will never be enough.

10. Most women prefer the chisme, while you usually try to tune out behind your book and headphones.

Lol #chismetime #frontrowfortheshow

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…Because who cares who your cousin is dating??

11. You hear “Que te pasa?” all. the. time.


Can’t a girl just observe and live in peace?

12. You don’t speak loud or feel comfortable being in the center of the room…

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…but you make our presence known by being a quiet, charming, sometimes awkward Latina. There are enough loud people to go around anyway. ;P


READ: How To Not Be Shy Around Your Crush

What else did you experience while growing up as a shy Latina? Let us know!

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Orlando Shooting Survivor Takes First Steps Since Shooting

Ahhhh Took my first Steps all by Myself!!!!!! SO HAPPY!!! #OrlandoStrong #AngelStrong #LoveIsLove

Posted by Angel Colon on Friday, August 12, 2016

Angel Colón was shot 6 times during the Orlando attack.

Just two months after the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., one of the survivors has finally started walking on his own. In a video posted to Facebook, Angel Colón takes eight steps in his kitchen, to a loving and welcoming embrace. Despite not being able to walk for two months after the attack, Colón was seen a few weeks ago at the annual Zumba Fitness Conference.

Colón also posted this emotional status to mark the two-month anniversary of the shooting.

Today marks 2 months of the shooting at Pulse Orlando. It was the worst night of my life and will never forget. The past…

Posted by Angel Colon on Friday, August 12, 2016

Way to go, Angel! You got this.

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Colón is one of the 53 people injured in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in the early morning hours of June 12. He was hugging a friend and saying his goodbyes at the end of the night as the attack began. The Zumba instructor was shot several times in the leg and hip before being dragged to safety by a police officer.


READ: He Survived The Shooting In Orlando And He Is Now Telling His Story

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