Hi there, my name is Simone Nacerema. ‘Simone’, means to be heard, while my last name comes from the word ‘American’ and two spanish words contained in it: ‘Nacer’, meaning “to be born”, and ‘Remar’, meaning“to row, to toil, to struggle”. On the surface this may seem like a downer, but it’s a representation of all that life has meant to me so far in my journey here. Life is a struggle, but it’s a beautiful thing to reach our edges and surpass them; to be capable of achieving and sustaining more than we ever dreamed we were capable of. To me it’s the great beauty of life to know that while we may be worn down and sometimes defeated, we are endlessly capable of a creating a better tomorrow. If we so choose.
There are a few pivotal moments in my journey that have shaped who I am today. The first moment began when I was one and fell into a fireplace, sustaining 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my body. I’ve lived a lifetime of feeling “different” and sometimes painfully unlovable and ashamed, but it’s made me stronger and wise. I care deeply for the underdog because I know what it feels like to not be accepting of what just is. It’s simply one frame of mind with no absolute truth to it. When you accept, the inner critic in you can rest.
The second pivotal moment happened when I was nineteen years old and I lost my oldest sister to suicide. It was beyond comprehension and 7 years into this journey it still doesn’t seem real, but it’s a part of my story now. And that’s why I’m here, why I write, and why I’ve founded the Adversity to Action Network. Through our stories we leave a footprint on the planet of all that our brief lives have meant to us. Our personal stories can also propel us forward if we can just channel all the sadness and baggage into something meaningful. So how will you turn your story into strength, into meaningful action?
I can’t wait to hear.
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Welcome to Simone Nacerema.com! A blog for the Underdog. I’m a writer and lover of American Short Stories first and foremost. A documentarian second. I love writing short stories with themes of toil, tenacity and grit, and I love hearing about what others have overcome to become who they are today.
For me writing is a way to find strength in my own journey and to get out some inner angst. I truly believe in the power of the human spirit and it’s endless potential to overcome. So here is a place to hear and share stories. Not just mine, but yours. I truly believe what Toni Morrison once said: “If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”. That’s what I intend to do, and empower others to do. But why stories? What’s so powerful about that?
It’s my belief that a lot of sadness and inner turmoil comes from the belief that we are alone in our struggles. While no two stories are alike, you are never alone. Beyond our own story is a network of others who have a similar one, and from that we all have an opportunity to learn and grow from each other.There is always someone out there who can be a beacon for you when you are at a seriously low point. You can read more about why I believe this under the About Sim tab.
If you’re an underdog, or you’ve been through hell and back, welcome aboard. I created this site to be an empowerment network. An inspirational source for life’s rough moments. So today I challenge you to turn adversity into your greatest ally. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve been through, you can challenge your own limiting beliefs. You can feel beautiful. You can achieve great things. You can kick some serious ass. Truly.
The imperfect things in life are what make it such a beautiful and bittersweet experience. Thanks for stopping by.