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Rewriting the Script: My Story

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The third of 4 girls, I was born in a small rural community called Haddo, in Westmoreland, Jamaica. The neighbours called me star because I shone so brightly. As an avid reader, I was always at the top of the class and chosen to perform at major functions, both at school and in church. My books took me to far away places of palaces and princesses so I knew I wanted to broaden my horizons from an early age.

From the first time I visited my cousins sprawling house in the city, overlooking the bay with a pool, I knew I wanted to live there, so as a teenager, I moved to the city where life was much more convenient. Here I spent the next decade or so improving my life through diligent study while finishing high school and college. After that I began helping people in banking. Then I took advantage of an opportunity to participate in an international exchange between Jamaica and Canada in which I helped students at the Souris Consolidated School. Through this I learned to accept people no matter what their beliefs or sexual orientation.

Later I helped peope in the airline industry to board the right flight and then by taking them to their final destination safely, as a flight attendant. It was a wonderful experience and I travelled to many countries and met many interesting people. In the quest for growth I chose to pursue higher education. Living on campus with students from all over the Caribben was a great multi-cultural experience because , although we are from the Caribbean, we all have our own unique cultures and it was good to enjoy Carnival, a Bajan Lime, learn to cook curry beef , the whole works. I even hosted a radio programme "In the Pot" in which I interviewed retauranteurs or students and discussed recipes.

I remembered how happy I was teaching in Canada so I went back to the basics of education and joined the University team as a teaching assisant. Tutoring older and younger people from diverse backgrounds and experiences was such an enlightening experience, but I was naturally drawn to the second city where I really felt at home so I went back to teach there. Shortly after that the opportunity came up to teach overseas and I took it.

Leaving Jamaica was bitter-sweet. I know that through this opportunty I will grow but I really want to go back and make a positive contribution to the society and improve the lives of women. I'm learning a new language and embracing a wide range of cultural experiences that challenge my values and beliefs. Through continuous self reflection and meditation, I am preparing myself for greater opportunities that will come my way.

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Maria de Chirikof's picture

Wow

It sounds like you are making some huge changes in your life, how exciting! Wow, my girls will envy you moving to Japan, they are fascinated by that culture. Is your life partner in Japan too or will it be a commute kind of thing for awhile? Good luck and how great to always keep yourself renewed with reflection and meditation,

Maria

Anette Leslie's picture

Maria,

I admire your tenacity. You are always writing, reading and commenting on other member's work. You are the most supportive person in this group. You have a handful of girls to raise and homeschool and you still find the time. You must be well organized. No wonder you were chosen as one of the Correspondents. Congratulations!

Yes, thank you. I am growing from strenght to strenght. Thank God for World Pulse. I have made a big leap since I joined this organization and found role models like you. I will continue the work.

My partner is in Jamaica so we are commuting. Its challenging but we stay connected with phone calls.

If your girls have questions about Japan they can always ask me. I'd try my best.

Anette

JMKELLAM's picture

Star (can I call you that

Star (can I call you that too?), I am so impressed by everything you have done. You sounds so worldly. What were some of your favorite places to visit as a fight attendant? Are you in a city in Japan? I think being able to pick and move, and it sounds like you have done that quite a bit, is such an amazing skill to have- yes, it is definitely a skill.

Jenna

Anette Leslie's picture

Hi Jenna,Yes I have moved

Hi Jenna,

You can call me star too.

Yes, I have moved quite a bit. It has its advantages and disadvantages but I have grown alot more than if I had stayed in one place. You definely become more flexible and open minded but it places a strain on commitments.

I have been to many states in the US but Miami, Chicago and Lax were my favourite. St. Lucia is probably my favourite in the Caribbean because I have very fond memeories of driving around the whole island with my friends in a drop-top jeep. I also like London when it's summertime.

I'm based in Nagasaki City on Kyushu Island. It is a small city with about 500 000 people in the south west, the warmer area of Japan. I've also visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and most places on Kyushu.

Anette

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