I don’t know if I believe in God. I believe in nature.

I was born into a Catholic family in Mexico so I used to believe in, well, that kind of religion. But when I was, maybe, 18 I started questioning that. There were a lot of things that I just didn’t really want to do anymore. Just simple things like going to church every Sunday. I started doing other things. Like going into the outdoors, going into nature. I started thinking, “okay, well maybe some people like to be in the church…it’s” – I’m not really sure how to say this in English – “relaxing, whereas for me being in nature is something that I like more.” So I believe in doing things that make me happy.

I was in a Catholic kindergarten and elementary school and middle school and right up to 18 so…well it was too much. In Mexico, it’s kind of like “you’re born here, you’re Catholic, you need to do this and this…you need to get married blah blah blah.” So my parents aren’t really like that; they’re more like free so they let us do whatever we want and whatever we believe so when I was 18 I thought “okay, I can decide whether I want to go to church or not.” So I don’t go. Maybe just once a year at Christmas or when people get married but that’s it.

I first came to Vancouver when I was 19. So that’s another reason I started questioning things. I started meeting other people, from other cultures, other beliefs. That’s maybe when I started really changing my mind. It’s funny: if you’re in a family that’s Catholic, you’ll be Catholic, but what if you’re born into a family that’s not Catholic. And then what is right and what is wrong? So religion is a lot about the family you’re born in, the culture you’re born in.

Vancouver helped me to realise how much for me it’s more about nature. I go out into nature a lot: hiking and just being outside. I don’t like being stuck in the city too much: the buildings, the cars, the people.

The only time I ever look back and feel bad about not being Christian anymore is like when a member of the family dies. There’s no real judgement here about whether you’re religious or not. People don’t really ask. I’ve never even really thought about it here. In Mexico people wouldn’t ask that much either but they’re probably less open-minded. Some families will judge you if your girlfriend is from another religion. I remember my Grandma, when she discovered I was doing yoga, suggested it was something diabolical. So it can be hard there.

So also part of the reason I came to Vancouver is I just needed a break. If I stayed in my hometown I’d just be maybe getting married or whatever. I wanted to travel a little bit more: to know more people, more cultures, other places.

Anyway, I’m not really Christian anymore. I don’t know if I believe in God. I believe in nature…energy. My philosophy of life would be to find a place that you feel comfortable. For me, finding nature is the most important thing. I feel a connection with nature.

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