I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wasn't gifted in sports, I didn't play instruments, and I can't sing, but I was always annoyingly curious.
I remember my cousin always telling me, "Titi, why do you ask so many questions?"
Now I look back, and I see how these small moments could have been signs of what my future would be like.
When I was in college, I had to pick a course of study, after a long conversation with my mom she suggested journalism. She noted that language arts and writing were my forte in school and I should pursue something that aligned with my interests. That was all it took, and the course of my life was decided.
By far choosing journalism has been one of the most challenging decisions I've ever made. Living in Miami does not make it any easier. From writing for publications that pay pennies for my work to rejections from the few media companies available to me in our city- yet I choose to continue this road. Often I feel my work is under-appreciated and often forgotten as news and stories are hot for a couple of minutes and then on to the next-, Oh, and now people barely read and can't concentrate. I also write about community, culture, and lifestyle- an area most publications don't find necessary to hire people for.
In part, this is why I wanted to host my radio show because sound transmits energy often where words fail. Also, there were plenty of times when I want to throw in the towel, but it's the people and their stories that keep me going. Going for a dream that has turned into a bet, a bet between me and life. I keep betting on myself that I'll make it, that my stories matter and that Meet Them Mondays, and my articles bring about inspiration and change and that eventually, my journalism will become my legacy.
Sometimes journalism is my best friend and others it's my worst nightmare. It often becomes the toxic relationship I can't leave. I used to blame that on everyone else, but then when I saw that others weren't giving me the opportunities I wanted, I decided to create my own. I've been lucky to have people along the way that have inspired me and helped me and all of you who have shared your stories with me and finally I'll get to do that in person.
On Friday, January 26 from 7-11 p.m. I'd like for you all to meet me at Futurama in Little Havana. It would be an honor thank you all personally for being a part of this dream, this journey and for sharing your energy with me.
I hope to see you all there and please find the Facebook event created on my profile for more details.
Find me on there as Christian Portilla, and all over social media @RoamFreeWrites thank you, and I can't wait to see your beautiful faces.
With love, Roam Free