"I am a chingona," said Sandra Cisneros, acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street, at this year's AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Los Angeles. Nervous laughter and anticipation filled the room. But as Sandra's embodiment of the word began to unfold, a feeling of inspiration swept over the crowd. At 56, Sandra's spunk, guts and artistry are simply infectious. Watching her, it became clear, that her magnetic energy and thoughtful insights on life are truly representative of what Life @ 50+ means for AARP and its members.
" Chingona," according to Sandra, means a woman who has finally come full speed, screeching towards a point in which she discovers her own power. It is a feeling of self-assertion, self-recognition, and peace and compassion for others as well as oneself.
Sandra delighted the crowd with tips on how to become a " chingona." Among the most salient were:
- Our only true possessions are our actions.
- Transform darkness into light.
- Be of service to mankind and to yourself.
Sandra's perceptions and observations can serve as a template for others who are interested in carving new paths in life and discovering Life at 50+.
View Sandra's interview with AARP VIVA from 2009 by clicking here.