Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1980)
"I feel like nothing else in the world would change me, even if I was born again"
This is a section in an autobiographic novel I'm writing. I don't know when I'm going to finish it, but if my mother was alive, I imagine she'd tell me:
"What are you waiting for? People would die to have that kind of creativity."
My mother died of cancer when I was 6-years old, and the way I remember her is like the rocket to my dreams.
She was a free spirited woman; always buying me aquarelles, crayons, puzzles, and creative stuff for her little Jochy, her loving nickname for me.
Since I was little, I felt a passion for colors. And as If I already knew their meaning for the gay community - I loved rainbows.
On TV, I adored Jem & The Holograms, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Sailor Moon, and Japanese anime'. I loved dancing to Sade, Madonna, and Cyndi Lauper in the rain, even if catching a cold got me in trouble with mom.
I remember taking down the kitchen curtains to use as a little skirt, to dance like the beautiful ballerina swirling on my grandma's music box. The compartment in the back was like a magic box of images and enchantments filling the air.
I loved playing with my cousins' Barbies, brushing their hair, and making dresses for them. That might sound like a cliché now, but that was part of my creative universe. Then on weekends, me and my cousins would turn grandma's little backyard into a battlefield for our toys.
That was me, an imaginative child that would make the world his playground, like writing tales in the sky. Those childhood dreams became a man's desire to build a better place, a world that gave the best from the inside to outside. I realize now this all became a passion for architecture, which is my major in college now.
Ultimately, discovering myself and learning to love the true me, is a journey that keeps inspiring transcendence in my heart. Living a life that is a lie only serves to wake you, or it breaks you.
Being human and a passenger for this short voyage called life is all that matters. So enjoy the view and paint the sky with more magic rainbows.
Carpe diem! And give yourself a big hug!
Jose's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Christopher Atkins (in "Blue Lagoon")