On January 15, 2017 I boarded a flight destined for Washington D.C. to begin a new chapter on this journey called life. This chapter titled- My Atlas Corps journey will undoubtedly have its hurdles but most importantly I am excited by the opportunities and inspirations I will have along the way.
As a young girl growing up in Kingston, Jamaica I came to the realization that there is no need to be perfect to inspire other but rather, let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. So, throughout life I have chosen (yes it does take conscious effort) to be inspired by the finer, more organic details in life. Therefore, on this journey I look forward to the moments within the moments that will form lasting imprints and be later recalled as precious memories.
Looking back after just one week on this journey I realized just how truly inspired I was by the talent and wealth of experience that surrounded me during our orientation, giving true meaning to our slogan “Class 23 Rocks!”. Each of my classmates all having unique stories, many defying the great odds to be where we are today. Each one an unsung hero in my eyes who is passionate about being a part of lasting social change.
In just one month of relocating I have met individuals who have encouraged me spiritually; been in meetings with persons who have stimulated me intellectually; gathered with colleagues whose culture ignites my sense of adventure; bonded with fellows whose infectious laughter brings joy; and discovered within me a new talent that touches my soul (I am now a ‘gourmet’ chef and loving it- who knew I had it in me!).
As the saying goes- ‘trust the timing of your life’- words which have always served as my guide, I believe that this experience is well timed. As I embrace this year and the exploits that lay ahead, my aim is always to find ways to BE INSPIRED and to ultimately pass on inspiration!!
I invite you to join me on my journey as I chronicle various aspects of this fellowship experience and write about anything just else that comes to mind.