Keep Your Traditions
As you get older and have a family, traditions tend to become a lot more important. Sometimes you’ll have some from your family that you can pass on, but if not, don’t be afraid to create your own based on your cultural background. Growing up I never celebrated Three Kings Day (a tradition celebrated in Puerto Rico). Once I had kids, I decided that it was a tradition we would start in our family and it’s been a great one. So whether it is a cultural thing or a focus on some type of spirituality, Latino men do need to put effort into knowing something that’s “bigger” than they are. Family, community, country and religion are not topics that should be ignored because you are too “macho.” They need to be addressed and embraced. It will be your responsibility to pass these on to the next generation.
At the end of the day, there is no litmus test on how to “be Latino.” You just are. But to better understand who you are, there are certain things worth exploring. Your family history, your ability to take care of yourself, your bon-bon shaking, language skills and what you choose to be the center of your family life are all things to consider as you continue your journey through manhood.