QUICK NOTE: Different to other years where I have complained on a Holiday that is contradictory to Puerto Rico Residents and made 1 or 2 posts on it I want to focus on possible solutions to attack key issues.
As I write about my experiences of owning a small business and the current economic state of the Puerto Rican, I hope to somehow improving the environment around me. I understand that I need to highlight those individuals that create positive, global efforts that impact us in a good way.
The Birth of a Series
Days ago I had a conversation via twitter with my good friend Margie Clayman. She is one of the few people I have met online that when others need help she goes above and beyond helping them. Margie pointed out that I should continue writing about what is happening on the Island.
“The Voice of Puerto Rican’s”
I always find it curious that many people state-side get a picture of the Island from Puerto Rican’s (or their descendants) that left the island decades ago. Some are disconnected to what has been happening over the decades and the issues on the island do not impact them directly.
I don’t mind if you want to be connect to your roots. I have many friends like Ricardo Murillo who is not even Puerto Rican that stays connected with the Island. Lucy, from Puerto Rican Parents, lived in the States into her early Thirties and moved here to find out that living on the Island is very different from what she perceived. She is a good example on how someone who was connected to the island of Puerto Rico, is now seeing the good and the bad from a different lens.
My biggest pet peeve is when folks that don’t even step foot on the island (much less care about it) decide to become a voice for all Puerto Ricans. If you want to amplify the voice of those that struggle, I am all for it. But when they are lazy, won’t do the research, and decide to remain disconnected, it truly hurts the efforts of those that are struggling continuously to make the island a better place.
Days ago someone who I respect and met online Letty Caban shared the idea of maybe getting help from Puerto Rican’s on the outside to solve our local issues. The biggest problem with this is that Puerto Rican’s on the outside focus on dealing with the struggles they encounter on the mainland. Most of them left the island because they did not want to deal with the local issues.
Why would they want to fix what they ran from?
I agree with part of Letty’s suggestion that we need to create deeper connections outside of the island. We need to bring a pool of diverse people from different nationalities and cultures. Since many Puerto Rican have decided to run away (for whatever reason) we need brave humans to help us continue moving forward.
With Letty’s suggestions and Margie’s idea I put myself up to the challenge to create a series of posts focusing on three things:
- Those who remain active and working towards improving Puerto Rico.
- The Current state of Puerto Rico’s Economic environment.
- De-mystifying many of the issues people create and don’t help with the progress.
I May Need your Help
I may need your help in finding those individuals, those unsung heroes that are truly making a difference.
I am going to be working on finding those who are swimming against the current and going for success and if you know one, feel free to nominate them via the comments area or contact me directly.
As I mentioned previously success is remaining active and not giving up when you have an end goal in sight.
Inactivity is failure. But continuing to fight for the well being of this island is something those who choose to live here , like myself, have to do!