March 31, 1995. I was in Middle School, and I liked a couple of artist a lot... La Ley, Selena and Jaguares. My sister brought me my lunch to school, because in Mexico you are allowed to have your family bring you lunch. And she told me that Salinas was dead. I was confused. Salinas? the former president? She said no, the girl form Salinas y Los Dinos, she had been shot and killed.
I was sure then that my sister meant the former Mexican President, not Selena herself. It was a difficult time in the country and the former president was wanted for questioning on many things, but he was nowhere to be found. Selena however, Selena was young, was becoming HUGE in Mexico, full of life and energy, who would POSSIBLY want her dead? It was 4:30 in the afternoon, and we had class until 8 that night. But I told other girls in my class, they told me that wasn't possible.
By the time I got home, it was all over the news. Selena Quintanilla was dead. Shot by a woman that worked with her. It was awful, to think that this could happen to a woman of such great energy, spirit, and talent. I was very young and impressionable, I became obsessed with Selena for many years after.
Today, and most March 31st, I make a moment on the day to remember the amazing woman that was Selena Quintanilla. I learned so much from her, to persevere, to keep smiling, to stop and dance when things are just a bit too stressful.
Below is one of my all time favorite Selena songs.... I will also say that I used to practice her dance moves and had many down to each beat!
Also, of course because this is supposed to be a blog about running, here is a picture of me dressed in my Selena Outfit for a Hero Run in 2015. The sparkly bra mad me run faster and I came in 3rd in my age group!
Do you have a favorite Selena Song?