I would like to introduce myself in this brief bio as David Letterman would: “My next guest needs no introduction.” The guest, being myself of course. I am a guest in this country, after all. I was born and raised in Honduras. A third world country that has made me who I am. And…I am the man who likes to wake up to the smell of coffee and music because there is no better way to start your day than by dancing.

Details are all that matter to me. I believe, at the end of the day, the smallest things are the ones that count the most. Which is why, I find it relevant to say that green is my favorite color and Seattle is probably the city I was always meant to live in because, as I am sure all of you know, it is called “The Emerald City”. No coincidence in that.

Growing up in Honduras inspired me to become a criminal lawyer. With a crime index of 74.54, Honduras ranks fifth in the world in terms of crime rate. I had to do something. I had to understand how could I help my people. I still have the same doubt. How can I help my latino community?

I am inspired by the big causes, like this one and also the smallest ones, like teaching my best friend how to ride a scooter. Big issues and small issues both have one same thing in common: they both require time and dedication. I am disciplined.

So, I guess a brief bio of me is exactly this: I grew up in a country that inspired me to pursue a career in law and life taught me when moving to Seattle that in order for change to be accomplished we must always move. Being so far away from Honduras was a fear of mine at the beginning. I kept wondering how could I keep pursuing my goals of helping my people if far away. But I have understood, that in order for me to do that, I must continue to learn.

I have a beginning, and a process. An incomplete bio, if you would. Although I am not sure how to express thoroughly and briefly who I am. Sometimes I’ll say hello with a loud laugh. Laughter is one of the greatest things in the world, if you ask me. So here is another fun fact: I love stand up comedy. I hate carrots.

Opposites. This is another way to describe my life: I have had the best, I have had the worst. This has forged my determination, my mind, my character. Which is why, the best sentence I can think of when describing myself is: “A proud latino embracing the American culture.”

-Cristhian Josue Ordonez Gomez

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