On reinventing ourselves after life-altering events

Arturo Dominguez


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Life is crazy. No doubt about it. Life is one terrible roller coaster ride. It’s that way for everybody. Rich or poor. Sure, all of our problems are different, but we all struggle with many things. Our own personal demons, so to speak.

Sometimes, life demands that we reinvent ourselves. Adopt a new strategy to achieve what we all strive for. We may all have different goals in life, but all of our goals are meant to accomplish one thing: achieve financial security for ourselves and our kids. We are all well aware of the fact that true freedom comes with financial security. Sadly, in this day and age, we are all slaves to the almighty dollar. So we keep pushing because that’s what we do.

But do we have to measure success by the amount of money we have?

No. We don’t.

I’ve always measured success by the amount of compassion, empathy, and charity I have been able to give in my lifetime. Do I struggle financially? Sure I do. But that’s not an excuse to lead a morally bankrupt life.

Of course, I struggle. Especially since having a stroke several years ago. Which is why I write. This is my own personal reinvention. It’s a good thing I’ve always loved to write, otherwise, I wouldn’t have anything to fall back on. I used to feel like I may have missed my calling. And in that sense, my stroke has been a blessing in disguise.

Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t wish that kind of life-altering disaster of an experience on anyone. To be on one path in life, getting by okay and supporting your family one day only to have it come crashing down the next, is traumatic as fuck. I’ve been through hell and back and nothing compares to living through that. Nothing.

I’ve done so many things in this life and I used to say, “I could die tomorrow and I wouldn’t have any regrets,” and for the most part, it’s true. From being a successful musician to running several successful businesses, I’ve done quite a bit. But since having a stroke, I don’t say that anymore because I have a lot of shit to say. Now is my time to share my knowledge and experiences with the world. To help shape a more positive and equitable future for all.



Arturo Dominguez

Journalist covering Congress, Racial Justice, Human Rights, Cuba, Texas | Editor: The Antagonist Magazine |