I was born in Honduras and I came to Miami in 1994. One day my asked my sibling and me if I we wanted to go to the local library. I refused. The TV wasn't going to watch itself. When they returned, my mother checked out a book for me. I remember it was a mystery book for kids. I read it and I was hooked.
My love for books ran deep. I would take a stack of books back home and would read a book a day. I got in trouble in school because I would read books in the middle of math class. My parents would punish me by forbidding me to read books. I was a nerd and I loved it.
My father was one of the pastors at the church my family attended. He was the music leader at the church. One night he asked me if I wanted to learn how to play bass. I had nothing to do at that time and I agreed to do it.
That was the first time I picked up the bass. Looking back, I feel sorry for every churchgoer who heard me play, I was terrible. After many years my playing improved and I got into the music program at Florida International University. I have been active in teaching and playing in the Miami area since then.
After many years of playing and reading books, I developed an idea: I wanted to write a book. So, I started writing a story. I didn't have a computer at that time so I had to do it by hand. After a couple of days, I got stuck in the story and I quit.
Years later I made a second attempt to write the same story. I was in college at the time. I had no idea as to how to write a book. I started typing and after a couple of nights, I read what I had written. I discovered it was horrendous and promptly quit. To compound matters, the laptop where I was writing died on me, I decided to let go of my crazy dream and focus on music.
Throughout my career as a college student I had a story in my head. I would tell people of the story I was thinking about and they thought it was an interesting story, they often encouraged me to write it. After hearing the same thing for many years, I set out to get it done.
I thank God for allowing me to discover something I love to do. I know of people who never find their passion and I consider myself blessed to be able to get lost in writing.
I believe God allows all of us to live through seasons so we may learn more about ourselves. I encourage you to explore and pursue what you love, you'll be amazed at what you discover about yourself.