Explore St Kitts and Nevis
As people, we all seek human connections. We all reach out time and again in an effort to belong. In recent times, across the world, we hear raucous debates about who should be allowed to come into our countries, how and under what circumstances they should stay and whether they can be considered one of us.
Over three decades, I have had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to visit, study, live and work across five continents. These experiences have enriched my life and allowed me to appreciate that people want the same things – though in different degrees. We want to be appreciated; we want to be free to explore new horizons; to meet new people and to find our own path in the world and to belong.
I recall in vivid colour my life in the Caribbean twin-island Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. I still reminisce on afternoons spent after school on the seashore ingesting the smells, the breezes and the tranquillity of the sea – interrupted only by the sound of the waves, seagulls and brown pelicans.
Having repeatedly found myself in agonizing traffic jams in Europe or Asia; I do long for the ease and mobility of St Kitts and Nevis. Living amidst impersonal skyscrapers, piercing sounds of car horns, rushed feet and screeching sirens – I crave the green lushness of trees, the bold tap dancing of raindrops on tin roofs and the unhurried calm of these islands.
Yes, I do belong. I belong to a place, where neighbours know one another by name and visitors are welcomed with warm smiles and respectful conversations. I belong to a country whose reputation, carefully nurtured and protected since independence, has made it easy for me to access scores of
countries that continue to create and reinforce the realisation that this world is a vastly different yet a similar and familiar place. It also reminds me that despite our differences, as a human race, we are not that different.
I am especially pleased that a magazine that seeks to bring people together, to help them explore the global villages of life would take the name Belong. I hope it encourages all of us to see the world as opportunities for learning, sharing, caring and helping others.
It is great to belong to St Kitts and Nevis. I invite you to explore it and make it home.