Does anyone else struggle with the feeling that life is happening someplace where you’re not? Maybe it’s fear of missing out, maybe it’s an insecurity complex, maybe is bad min’. Maybe it’s just me. But I get so frustrated when I feel like I’m living in a ‘second class’ city on an island less than one tenth the size of that floating trash continent.
Mobay people, you know what I’m talking about.
Despite our avid loyalty to the Republic of Mobay, Kingston remains the hub of several sectors: automotives, business, art, theatre, literature, government, civil society. Most organizations and movements start in Kingston and then slowly trickle outward. I have to wonder if they don’t all feel cooped up down there in the little 480 km² that is Kingston parish.
I don’t want to have to travel to Kingston to see a nice play, or join a book club, or volunteer with a youth organization, or grow my career. I want those opportunities to exist for people in the West. I want activism and art walks, infrastructural development, ideas, nightlife that is accessible to more than just tourists. I want variety, options.
I can’t honestly say any more that nothing happens in Montego Bay. If you look hard enough we’re teeming with activities. The Rasta Village hosts a gathering every last Sunday (it’s called Irits and it’s great). UWI’s Western Campus has a couple public forums every semester (on interesting topics). Service clubs exist, and though networking is limited it’s there. (if you know of any others please, leave a comment).
Maybe Jamaica is too small to have more than one thriving city, or maybe I want too much or maybe I’m selfish. Or maybe I’m venting on my blog because I’m too lazy to be the change I want to see. I haven’t quite figured out yet what to do with this yen for greater things. Some tasks are too big to tackle alone, and some feelings are too nagging to just go away. I want change, but I don’t know how to make it. That’s my rock and my hard place.
Someone hand me a chisel.
2 thoughts on “Between a rock and a hard place”
I can’t relate having been born, raised and lived in Kingston all my life, but it does sound horrible to not have the same access to opportunities. I hope things change for the better, and here is your metaphorical chisel, too. I on the other hand look forward to relocating. Hopefully internship gives me that chance (fingers crossed for MRH). I love Kingston simply because it’s all I know but I’d love to experience life elsewhere. Overseas isn’t in the cards right now but another corner of Jamaica would be nice even if my mother isn’t as enthused about me potentially leaving the nest.
(P.S. I’ve still yet to rotate through Cornwall.. my final site selection is next weekend and it’s senior surgery so God’s willing I’ll get CRH having now been to MRH thrice, not that I’m complaining).
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Thanks for the chisel! I hope you get to intern in the hospital of your choice. Different experiences are essential to well-lived life. 🙂
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