I've been dancing for as long as I have known myself. I have danced competitively and even to have fun and alleviate stress. I mean, who doesn't like to dance? And I don't mean fancy Chris Brown moves; I mean anything that results in your body moving. As someone who doesn't like doing cardio in a gym and only jogs occasionally, my love for dancing became my creative outlet for achieving my fitness goals. It provides a full-body workout that burns approximately 250 calories in 3o minutes and also has other benefits. These include increased flexibility and balance, memory boosts, muscle endurance and improved mental health.
In my earlier years, I had absolutely no interest in voting. I had experienced leadership under both major political parties in my country, and regardless of which direction the pendulum swang, there was always chicanery involved. The election-induced crime that made me fear leaving home wearing a particular colour only exacerbated the issue. But, as I grew older, I saw the importance of embracing my right to vote. My vote was one of the ways I could amplify my voice, and I learnt that I ought not to take this for granted.
I’d be lying if I said I have a traditional fall recipe that I make every year during the season. I grew up in a country where it felt like summer all year round, and the leaves didn’t become more visually appealing during autumn for the perfect photo backdrop.
When most people think of body art, including me, they think of tattoos and in some cases, piercings. I do not have any tattoos as I am more of a piercings gal, but this could also be due to my cowardice since I have a fear of needles. I mean I barely got through my flu shot the other day. However, the body art that is dearest to me isn’t any of the holes I’ve added to my body but rather one that became a part of me three years ago.
As a child, I was often awakened on Saturday mornings by the smell of a hearty breakfast wafting through the house. My favourite days were the days my mom would make ackee and saltfish. What’s that you might ask? Well, ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica while ackee and saltfish is the national dish. I know what you’re thinking. Fish and fruit for breakfast? Such an odd combination. Interestingly, ackee is unique and unlike any other fruit. Not only is it savoury, but it also cannot be eaten unless it’s cooked.
I remember in my second year of university, my best friend reported me to the director of the school, and not for the reason you think. Our sub-division, the school of tourism, only had one hundred students and because of this, the administration had close-knit relationships with us. My best friend was concerned about my poor eating habits because I would often have my first meal at 6 p.m. This was always unintentional, but she felt that an authority figure needed to intervene and help me with my eating dilemma. It seemed like an odd choice, as though the admin team genuinely cared for the students, I'm not exactly sure what the director could have done to make me break this personal habit.