During our teenage years of life we all do a lot of questioning and exploring about who we are and who we want to be when we get older. As we get older we start trying different lifestyles to see what fits best with who we think we are. This can be confusing, making us feel lost – and it happens to everyone. For bicultural youth like Latino/a youth, this can be even more complicated by the fact that not only are we trying to figure ourselves out, but often times we are stuck figuring out how much our culture and ethnicity play a role in who we are. For those of us that immigrated to the U.S., this identity process may include trying to feel a part of the bigger culture through acculturation. Yet, even if you were born in the U.S., this does not necessarily make it easier for you. For example, differences in cultural expectations between you and your parents may make figuring out who you are very confusing. Finding a way to balance all of these things, while trying to figure out who we are, can be a difficult and frustrating process. Some of the feelings and questions that may come up for us during these times may include:
- I feel so confused. Who am I? Who would I like to be in the future?
- Am I Latino/a, American or both?
- Why am I different than others around me? Will I ever fit in?
- Why do I always have to translate for my parents?
These, among others, are all questions and emotions that we may have when we are in this situation, and that’s why we’re here! We hear you and you are not alone! Questions and feelings like these as well as others are all things that we can talk about with a counselor. Whether you are at school or at a community agency, seeking special time with a counselor gives you a safe space to talk about these things without feeling weird, judged, or misunderstood.
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