the past 6 years I’ve been pree-ing. Okay fine, I’m always preeing. But recently when you’ve seen me looking as if I’ve just smoked something juicy – I’ve been pondering the question we’ve all been wondering since we were 16 and first found out what frostbite first really meant “IS IT TIME TO MOVE HOME TO MY PERFECT ISLAND PARADISE YET”. Because really – How many champagne brunches and fusion restaurants can you really attend to fill the fact that nothing beats a Jamaican box lunch and chillin beach flex.
Recently I’ve been wondering like a girl 2 days late: IS IT THAT TIME OF
MY LIFE THE MONTH YET. The choice is like an episode of Bachelorette, do you give the rose to the sauve-talking-international-slick-hair-New-York-accented-hipster THAT CONSTANTLY ABUSES ME BUT IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR ME SO I PRETEND THAT I ACTUALLY LIKE LIVING IN THIS HELL HOLE. or is it that wonderfully-warm-sexy-soca playing-Appleton rum-smelling UNAMBITIOUS MOBAY DRUNKARD THATS STILL COMFORTABLY LIVING IN THEIR PARENTS HOUSE.
le sigh. the options are thrilling.
True Life : My NYC Apt is the size of a boat cabin
The question essentially boils down to – is moving home giving up or is it being smart.
Lets just quickly run through the :
PROS. Being near family. The beaches. Family connections. Being a part of and supported by a community. The beaches. Bigger living spaces. The
bitches beaches. Lower cost of living. fresh coconut water. Being surrounded by entrepreneurs, role models, shot callers and people who know how to have a good time. Being able to actually speak the way I want. music. Am I abandoning a culture I should be promoting, nuturing and celebrating?
The only PRO you need. (No but really.)
CONS Less job opportunities. Jamaican men. Judgmental small minded people. getting stuck in a rut. its hard to move back out. Jamaican men. Some unreal levels of sexism. Minimal access to different view points. Less variety of things to do. museum, cultures. business opportunities. VERY limited dating pool. Jamaican men.
What I’m really wondering is : Is home just appealing because my helper knows the exact the degree of temperature I like my rice and peas heated to. and my rum and ginger is always mixed to the same proportions?BASICALLY Is it just because we are disgustingly indulged island princes and princess and our pride can’t take being treated like commoners?
And really and truly how much of the Jamaica we know is the real Jamaica and how much of it is because a socio economic divide has left our families at an advantage. Are we just so spoilt because of a 3rd world economy that we can’t manage life anywhere else? Would the Jamaican people and culture we love be so nice and funny and lovely to us if we weren’t light skinned and had money? Or am I over analyzing and Jamaica is simply and straightforwardly the best place in the entire universe and we’re being fools by wasting our time anywhere else. Idk help a rude gyal out.