Cherish this rock for it is yours
To the children and young people of Barbados:
This letter comes to you from a Barbadian who now lives in Canada by choice for more than 42 years. I have had the opportunity to experience living and working across Canada, the United States and Indonesia. I have travelled extensively and I can tell you that your island home is unique.
Where do you see Barbados in 2030 and in the distant future? Sir Grantley Adams had a vision and so did National Hero Errol Barrow.
Remember, you are a Barbadian first and a citizen of the Caribbean second. You must own Barbados; it is yours.
Look around and think. Why do people want to buy land and invest in Barbados? There must be a reason. Keeping their money safe and growing their money is why. You must keep your money safe too! Save money and buy land.
Put garbage in garbage bins, recycle as much as possible, protect the coastline, save water in water tanks; do not let it just ”run off” and, most of all, plant fruit and non-fruit trees and vegetables.
Do not allow words like colonialism to justify why you cannot make a difference. Colonialism was a past system of capitalism. Know what happened in the past but do not get hung up on it; doing so will rob you of your opportunities.
Prejudice is an innate part of the human condition. Ignore it. Be proud. Remember, Pride And Industry.