By nature, Jamaicans are resilient people. The colours in the national flag say it all. In the late 90s, the symbolism of the colours was revised to reflect black representing the strength and creativity of the island’s people, yellow speaking to the wealth of the country and the sunshine, and green for the lushness of the island. In keeping with the changing fortune of the island over the years, Jamaicans can give others interesting life lessons. Here are five things you can learn from Jamaicans around you.
Don’t worry too much – Everybody knows that worrying changes nothing and yet many of us waste time doing just that. Bob Marley created the perfect song ‘Three Little Birds’ that captures the attitude of Jamaicans. As long as we have life, God is on His throne, and we can take care of business, everything else will fall into place—that’s our philosophy.
Dance – Jamaicans have the distinction of creating a range of dances to go with reggae recordings. This trait requires a level of creativity that has put the island on the map, not only for interesting music, but accompanying moves that sometimes boggle the mind. What you can’t figure out is readily available via YouTube videos.
Work Hard – Many Jamaicans have migrated to other countries since the 50s and 60s seeking better financial opportunities, and that movement continues today. Jamaicans set themselves apart by their willingness to work hard and strive to be the best they can be. This is evident not only in the examples set by those who live abroad, but by our athletes, businesspeople, and musicians who continue to make their mark on the international stage.
Be yourself – If not by our mannerism that speaks of the island, many non-Jamaicans know they’ve come across a Jamaican native once they hear that tell-tale accent. It sets us apart and means we can’t pretend to be anybody but who we are. Jamaicans are unapologetic about their origins and proud of ‘The Rock’ and the achievements of her people.
You are always welcome – Jamaicans have the distinction of being warm people. Our hospitality is second to none when it comes to welcoming visitors to our shores. We also have a knack for setting others at ease. Give us stimulating conversation, good music and great company and we’re the life of the party.