Yuriko Zubia

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Interview: Portland, Oregon, USA

January 31, 2016

Being critically aware of myself and how I can impact others is really important to me. My goal and sole purpose since I remember has always been sort of to exponentially grow as a person, so I always think about how I can make tomorrow better than yesterday. I try to be really in tune with people's emotional climates, and be a strong person with a lot of empathy, that's really important to me. So just being self aware as much as I can so I can in turn be aware of others. I'm not necessarily like a hands on helper of other people, but I think that you can provide support for other people in a myriad of ways, whether it's being a good example, whether it's crucial moments of empathy that might be really important to someone in passing, or what have you. So that's what's important to me. To be a good example, in case someone is looking for one.

It's taken me a long time I think to be okay with certain parts of me.

Especially for like my little brother. Now that he's growing up, he's eleven, I think him and his friends really look up to me, but sometimes they're hesitant to come up and talk. My mom says it's cuz they really respect me because I'm never afraid to be myself. And clearly they're picking up on that so if I can be that for them and show them that it works for me, I hope they know it can work for them.

It's taken me a long time to get where I am in terms of being able to be myself. Growing up I was um, really, well I was afraid to be myself. For many reasons. And it's taken me a long time I think to be okay with certain parts of me. I think everyone goes through that maybe, being afraid of desires or wants or being afraid of expressing who you are because you think it will bug someone somehow? So, If you feel that way, look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. Try to accept yourself. But not only that, push yourself too.