I think a part of the reason I am so in love with my country is because I am understanding of it and that’s because I am so much like it. In fact, We dah one.
If someone hurt my country, it hurts me. If some says “yeah well that’s Belize” that automatically includes me. And if you’ve ever met me, you’d know there’s no one box to put me in, and there is no one box to put Belize in. And well, you shouldn’t generalize, you’re mistaken.
I have been working diligently to understand myself, maybe my diversity will keep me misunderstood, and I think I will just remain okay with that, more than okay.
Why are you speaking English?
“because English da fi we first language”
I am young but don’t underestimate my growth. Like Belize, It may seem like I have no clue but trust me, I will surprise you…
Some parts of me are severely underdeveloped, hopeless and even ugly, like Belize. But then I will show something more beautiful than you could ever even imagine, something surprisingly and strikingly beautiful that you will hold on to because you’ve never seen anything like it.
And then we’ll go through this again, and then I will do that again.
And that beauty, that very raw beauty, will outweigh everything else.
Like Belize, I am far from ready, I am so unprepared, I am so unaware, I am so ignorant.
But again, that will be outweighed. Because there’s something special here. There are many some things. That you won’t find anywhere else.
We know there’s lot of room for improvement, we’re not in denial, we’ll be the first to admit that, in fact we can even make fun of ourselves. We will never be perfect, we will never strive for that. Because it is in our imperfection that we find our difference and our connection, real connection – what do you call this? Paradoxical? Maybe. And it’s because we can admit that, that we will do far better than we’re expected.
I am diverse, I am open to learning and possibilities, I am open to finding better ways to live with the earth and not just on it. I want to work together, I want to have a full life, not everything, just enough, maybe a little more, but we don’t have to have it all. I want to have a good time while I’m at it, for I don’t know if this will be the last time. I will enjoy as many days of the year as I can, weather or even whether the odds are against me. I want to enjoy life and be grateful for what I have been given.
Even though times are tough, I am hopeful, I know we are more capable than we give ourselves credit.
We have a great sense of humor. And great sense of love, and because of that, we will be just fine.
Like Belize, I am small but I am mighty, like Belize, I am.