Life is beatifull ENGLISH
In times of Donald Trump, when politics seem to be more like a football match rather than an arena of public discussion and representation, it is more than necessary to show the real faces of immigrants.
That is why La Semana is telling today the story if Yessenia Lamborin, a security guard in Tulsa who is the living symbol of Hispanic Resilience.
Yessenia was born in New Mexico, but spent most of her life in a border town in Chihuahua where she learn about the Anglo-Hispanic identity, something that today characterizes the cultural development of the immigrant American communities. She used to work in the USA while living in Mexico, and one day she decided to cross the border to profit from the benefits she saw while working on the other side. She did it for her five children. “They are the best thing that has ever happened to me,” she said.
In the US Yessenia achieved the American dream but also fought the worst of the demons, cancer. She won the battle standing tall and being resilient. “I did it for my children,” said Yessenia with her heart on her throat and a hand pointing to God. “I wanted to be around a bit more, I also decided to lose weight, because I want to live more time.”
Yessenia had a lot of works all along her life, she was a stylist, a paramedic assistant, she sold food on the street and even sang with the only aim of putting food on the table for her children after the tragic loss of her husband 13 years ago. “Life is so wonderful, but when you have cancer you start thinking about what you leave behind. Your children, death,” said the woman.
Here in Tulsa “life has given me a lot of opportunities; I’ve learned to do lots of things and now I am a security guard,” said Yessenia, aware of the risks that her job entitles. Being a guard implies taking care of the rest “of people you have never met,” in the words of Jessenia, but that is exactly why she loves her job, because of the love you are compelled to provide while caring.
“The first time I had to arrest someone my hands started to tremble,” confessed Yessenia, who learned how to manage the nerves on the way.
Yessenia knows that out there are hundreds of women like her, and that is why she tells them: “Everything happens for a reason, first you need to learn how to love yourself, then your children, and then nothing can defeat you. Don’t be afraid because life is beautiful.”
“To those who are still young, to the single mothers, to the ones fighting cancer, remember it is never to late to become who you really want to be. If you have faith in God, everything is possible.” (La Semana)