My Jamaican Heritage
It's Sunday afternoon, I'm with my family, I can hear the sweet voice of Morgan Heritage and the perfect smell of rice and peas cooking. This is one of my most happiest places.
Although everyday is a reminder of my heritage, Sunday's are usually the day that significantly reminds me of where I come from. When I was younger, my parents would always take me to my grandparents house where my aunties and cousins would be, we would all be together, eating together, spending time with one another, listening to reggae music and sharing stories.
Sundays are my favourite days of the week.
I have great pride in my heritage. I am proud to say that I'm Jamaican.
I feel immense pride when my grandparents tell me stories about their time in Jamaica and when they talk about the family I have out there
At the end of last academic year, I decided to run for ACS' Ethnic Diversity officer. This role was important to me for many reasons, but one of my main reasons is that a lot of people complain that their university's ACS doesn't fully represent the Caribbean. So whilst it is beautiful seeing so many people from different African countries come together and embrace the continent they're from, I wanted to unite my fellow Caribbean islanders. A lot of Caribbeans I know are immensely proud of where they come from and I wanted to be able to celebrate it together. When we made a groupchat for the new freshers, I would get so excited when anyone from the Caribbean joined! It's funny when I think about it, but honestly it was so great to find more people from the Caribbean. African and Caribbean culture can sometimes be very different, and sometimes you can't understand someone else's culture, so to have people that can understand my culture and relate to how I was brought up, it was amazing. Like someone can talk to me about this stuff and understand! We can talk about how great the Caribbean is lmao
Being Jamaican is amazing. The other day someone asked me what is Caribbean culture. I had to think about this question for a while. With some countries, especially African countries, their culture is very evident. You can see it from their traditional clothing and music, sometimes it isn't that evident with Caribbean culture; more so Jamaican culture.
My culture focuses on family and family values. My Jamaican family and I are very close which is something I love, having a close family has helped shape me as a person.
Whenever I tell someone I am Jamaican, I say it with a huge smile on my face because I am prude of my heritage. I am proud to be a mix of Jamaican and English.
I am grateful I get to experience two different cultures.
I am grateful that I can educate people on what it is like to be Jamaican.
I am grateful that I get to hear about all the stories of what it's like to live in Jamaica.
I'm so proud of my heritage and I wouldn't change it for anything. Jamaica is enriched in love and greatness, which is reflected in my personality. I love it.