Imagine standing in Half Way Tree waiting for the 100m finals to start, because Usain is in the race and you’re hoping that Gatlin doh win. Even though you don’t know him- you jus’ cyah stan’ di bwoy. The lights change from green to red with cars still in line. Pedestrians look intently on the big screen while the athletes get settled in their blocks and wait for the gun to go off.
Gun cocked and the athletes are out of their blocks, you watch with bated breath as you see Usain off to a slow start and Gatlin look good, then out of nowhere….the Legend increases his speed and just like that- he wins the race!!!
Gold for Usain…Gold for Jamaica.
Being blessed to live in that very moment, Jamaicans celebrated all over the world with persons they know and don’t know. At that moment nothing else mattered, only that Jamaica has something to be happy about.
This, like many other moments are what I will call the Jamaican Spirit.
Like many other countries we get together and celebrate our nation’s victory in an international event, wherever we get the opportunity to see. However, the Jamaican spirit is unique.
Earlier this year Wray and Nephew launched their Our Spirit campaign, one which I publicly lauded them for as it truly embodies who we are in this land of wood and water. Despite the many setbacks we are facing; our spirit provides us with a level of cohesion that makes us use that One Love Bob Marley sang about.
On August 6, we celebrated 54 years of Independence and the question I asked myself was, What makes me Jamaican? I was unable to answer for a few minutes and then I remembered bits of our culture.
It’s that unique behaviour that makes us who we are and Usain Bolt I believe is an great representation of who we are as Jamaicans on the track.
- There will be instances in which we’ll mess up, but when it’s time to work you can count on us.
- RESPECT us and we’ll RESPECT you.
- We know how to make a situation work for us.
- We enjoy the opportunity to showcase our Jamaicaness (word of the day).
There are many more things that we can think of which makes us who we are. At the end of the day, though small in stature we have made an indelible mark in the world. The generations to come, once led in the right way can continue to make this country be the place to live, work and raise families.