“Unstoppably Determined” (Saretha’s Blog)

Wow. There has been so much going on in my world that I simply don’t know where to begin. I guess I’ll start by saying that I just celebrated my 36th birthday on May 20th. I started out my morning by participating in the AIDS walk. I have made a self-promise that every year I would join the other millions of people who walk in support of this cause. I do so in memory of my aunt/god-mother who passed away from this life-threatening disease. I also have girlfriends who have contracted HIV, although they continued to live their lives to the best of their abilities. One friend in particular has now dedicated her life to empowering other women. She is a mentor and spokeswoman who speaks on how she contracted this disease by just falling in love. She is positive and honest. May God continue to keep her in great spirits so she can continue to make others aware of this deadly disease that goes unnoticed to the naked eye.

I have also lost an uncle who was very special to me. He played a major role in my life. He was a brother/best friend to my dad. His daughter is my “Ride or Die” sister (we have had one another’s back for over 20 years). We went through a period of not speaking to each other while we were experiencing changes in our lifestyles. However, her dad ending up in the hospital reunited us. I believe we are getting closer than we were before. We have both confirmed what we already knew; that we love, respect and appreciate the closeness that we share; that through the toughest of times, we can always count on one to stand alongside the other.

My oldest son is supposed to be graduating this year. Unfortunately, he fell behind so he has to complete some online classes in order to graduate. I’m not certain whether he would be able to complete all the work necessary in order to take part in the graduation ceremony. So I took it upon myself not to participate in my own graduation ceremony. I should have been walking down the aisle to accept my A.A.S in Liberal Arts (with a 3.79 GPA), but I felt that it would not be right. If he was not going to shine then I didn’t want to be the one to steal his thunder. He has been working really hard to complete those classes and the deadline is today. With fingers crossed, I’m hoping my next blog will reflect on how he did it. His graduation will be on the 27th. If by chance he doesn’t get to participate in the ceremony, but still receives his diploma, I will have a smile planted on my face because of his determination to obtain that diploma. I am always going to stick by my babies. I am a proud mom of their efforts alone. Everything extra is a plus. As for myself, I am still attending Boricua College and looking forward to walking down the aisle to accept my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services in 2013.

Aside from the many factors that may have caused another to crumble, I continue to put one foot in front of the other to complete my goals. While being a wife, a mother of 3 and also a student, I still manage to volunteer once a week at the Puerto Rican Family Institute. I am determined to be successful and there is nothing or no one that can alter that decision. There will be unfortunate incidents along the way, however I am fully focused and ready to conquer!

“There’s no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!”