It’s no secret that I’m a proud Jamaican, and whether you’re a Jamaican by origin, law, blood, or at heart I’m sure you can more than relate to these 55 reasons to love being a Jamaican. For such a “small” countr on the world map, we’ve sure made quite the name for ourselves globally in so many ways. Here are just a few to commemorate our 55th year of independence (2017)!
Reasons to be a Proud Jamaican
1. Unique Flag
A beautiful symbol of our country that’s quickly recognized worldwide. One of very few flags of the entire world that don’t include red, white, nor blue.
2. Global recognition
Whether it be our icons or our culture, Jamaica is undeniably one of the most influential countries around the world.
3. Natural Food
The fact that you can virtually step outside and get something to eat is awesome.
Island spices and flavour can instantly upgrade just about any meal.
5. Buffet-Style Catering (“run a boat”)
Nothing nice like a “boat”, when a load of food is cooked for an event or outing.
6. Blue Mountains
A UNESCO World Heritage site and home of world-famous coffee, many indigenous plants and animals, and foods you won’t find anywhere else on the island.
7. World-class Coffee
Blue Mountain coffee, some of the most expensive in the world.
8. Beautiful beaches
White or black sand, palm trees, blue waters, and sunshine.
9. Hypnotizing Sunsets
Orange and pink hues of a daily tropical sunset meeting the horizon.
10. Unconditional Sunshine
Almost every day is a great day to go outside and enjoy in the warmth of the sun.
We are the nicest set of rude people you’d probably ever find.
Most Jamaicans have at least 1 “side hustle”, contributing to entrepreneurship and creativity.
13. Pioneer Music
Reggae, dancehall, ska, rocksteady, dub; We have musically contributed a lot to the world with distinctive sounds (and dances!).
14. All-Inclusive Experiences
Whether it be parties or a hotel getaway, you won’t necessarily get the little-worry, all-inclusive experience when you go abroad.
World-famous alcohol, perfect for outings, events, cooking / baking, illness remedies, and those days where you really need a drink or three.
Probably the most laid-back religion ever, promoting a loving, natural lifestyle and self-pride.
17. High-Grade Marijuana
To whom it may apply: enough said.
18. No Shortage of Street vendors
You don’t have to go far or spend much to curb your peckish cravings.
19. Small Island
Nothing is more than a drive away. You can visit every parish in one day.
20. Strong Presence in Sports
Our many endeavours throughout the sports industry competing on a global scale is a privilege. Not every country can enjoy this as much as we do.
We don’t need every piece to make ends meet. We work with what we have.
22. It’s always a Party
On any given day, in any given area, chances are there’s a party going on.
23. Great History
We’ve overcome many challenges and achieved a lot throughout history.
24. Good Links
If you know someone in a favourable place, you probably are put in one too.
25. Fun Games
Wha’ nice like an evening of dandy shandy, loodi, dominoes or bingo?
26. Delectable Pastries
Sen’ a bun and cheese, some bread pudding and 3 banana bread fimi nuh.
27. Christmas Time
The whole family gets together and indulges in food you probably only enjoy once a year. A time that many Jamaicans look forward to.
28. Pan Chicken
No matter what hour you’re on the road, you can usually find a decent meal to eat. Pan chicken / jerk pork with hardo bread and ketchup and pepper ah di sweetest ting after a night out.
29. Something for All Budgets
You can quickly plan an excursion. There are many free, affordable, as well as luxurious activity options within any given area.
30. Unique Shopping Experiences
Van back, hand cart, roadside… you name it, we’ll sell from it from any corner.
31. Fun Dance Moves
We can make anything into a dance! Some skilful, some humourous, all contagious.
32. We Mannaz-able
I’ve noticed that strangers abroad don’t readily casually greet you as they do here.
Colourful, to say the least. To whom it may apply, they seem to roll off the tongue better than the usual curse words.
34. We Have Fun…always
We can make the best out of any situation, if we feel like it.
35. Always Have A Vibe
We know how to enjoy ourselves and spread the vibe to others.
Whether it’s a birthday or a funeral, you’ll probably not find one as ‘vibesy’ as ours.
Relatable and empowering, and some are even humourous.
38. Bad wi bad!
You can’t help but feel pride and some invincibility when you say “Ah Jamaica mi come from!” followed by fluent patois (pat-wa).
There are various places that allow you to indulge in another culture, via food, languages, leisure activities, or artistic form.
40. Driving Skills
If you can drive here, you can drive anywhere.
Admit it, patois (pat-wa) makes any given sentence more colourful, effective, or humourous. It’s an added plus when you’re able to go ‘full Jamaican’ if you want your words exclusively understood by another yardie.
42. Predictable weather
You can look at the sky and almost accurately guess if it will rain or sun will blaze throughout the day, then plan accordingly.
43. Can Take A Quick Dip
Though many of us can’t swim, we always look forward to a day at a river or beach.
44. Abundance of Rivers
With over 100 rivers, you have the option to take a swim, catch water for your home, bathe, wash your clothes, meditate etc.
You’re in one of the top travel destinations of the world. You’re where many persons would love to be!
46. Comical Sense of Direction
Though a local giving directions may sound unorthodox, they’re often SPOT ON!
We boast numerous talented painters, sculptors, ceramists, playwrights etc.
48. Eye-grabbing Fashion
We know how to make a statement, no matter what that statement may be. Our most iconic style was probably in the 90’s era of mesh merinos, rasta colours,colourful wigs and outlandish wear, still incorporated in outfits globally.
We don’t have to have a lot of money to show out. You still ah go notice we!
50. Signage Wording
Many of which are humourous by the way, both on and off the streets, but always get the point across.
51. [Somewhat] “Healthy” Desserts
Unlike conventional sweets with many artificial flavours, ours at least tends to have a typically healthy main ingredient. Wha’sweet like gizzada, peanut cake, grater cake, and tamarind balls?
53. Memorable Nicknames
You can call to a total stranger by an obvious trait, and they’ll know exactly who you’re talking to. Eg. Nutsy, broomie, biggz, blacks, fluffy etc.
54. Creative Lyrics
We always feel like the best way to bring across a point is through song or a catchy, memorable phrase.
55. ‘Likkle but Tallawah’
It has been said that no matter where in the world you go, you can find a Jamaican. It’s also been said we have a tendency to do very well for ourselves abroad.
Challenge: Name at least 1 reason not listed here, GO!
Happy Independence Day Jamaica! Cheers to 55+ more years
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