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Self Revelation through Time We would like you to know we are not all docile nor revolutionaries but we are all survivors We do not all pick lettuce run assembly lines We do not all sneak under barbed wire or wade the Rio Grande These are the facts Castillo Ana Castillo the author of this poem proves a point that as a race we all come here to the United Sates in search of a new life We come here to survive and as Mexicans we suffered a great deal There has always been something there encouraging them to succeed in life their family Parents try their best to encourage their sons and daughters to succeed in life and take advantage of the opportunities they never had Mexican parents work hard to give their families the best life by creating and sharing great memories with them Therefore one can relate back to what ones childhood was like and what fond memories one keeps of them Looking at what the present holds for us and what the future might bring makes one think that in order to succeed one has to overcome those fears of failing Interestingly enough my past experiences made me realize the world we live in is full of opportunities as well as the mistakes that we make that guides us how to choose the correct path Therefore as I look at my memories of my past I realize that I choose the correct path My parents both came to the United Sates when I was one and a half years old and moved to Redwood City where we lived for the beginning of my life Living in those apartments made me realize that not everyone chooses the right path Growing up on those streets was the hardest challenge I had to overcome Watching gang members destroy and ruin their lives over some insignificant symbolic mask that they
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