Levi (Noche): In September, Levi joined an aerial silks acrobatic group called La Fábrica located in our neighborhood. He is loving the physical challenge and is growing in flexibility (he has the flexibility of his father). He has also discovered the joys and pains of paintball and has gone a few times with his friends from school. With high school homework loads high this year, the rest of his time is spent studying, working on projects, and homework.
Levi, how do you feel like you have grown over the last two years?
I feel like I have grown in that now I feel more brave and independent. When I first arrived in Morelia, I was only 13 years old and had almost no confidence in anything I did because everything was so foreign and I was paranoid that everyone would notice that I did everything differently and would think I was unintelligent or incompetent.
Now, after almost two years of living here and learning the language, I feel so much less hesitant to approaching things because I don’t have to depend on others to help me and if I hesitate, things won’t get done.
What would you tell others who may be entering into a similar situation of moving to a new culture?
You can’t expect things to be the same. You can’t worry about what other people may think about you. If you do, it’s going to take a lot longer for you to adapt to the culture. During the first year, I tried to stay in my own bubble and didn’t let people reach out to me. I focused on what I didn’t have and what I had lost instead of what I could gain and the people who were trying to get to know me.
Now I have friends, skills, and abilities I didn’t have before and can now enjoy living in Morelia. I am more than just surviving.