I watched this same transition happen with so many others, as people began to move back home, even just temporarily, in 2020. A good friend of mine launched a podcast series @lovexlightpodcast, focused on breaking generational curses, after returning home and witnessing certain behaviors within her community. Another friend began an Instagram cooking series @bonepidatsit, where she took on different iterations of traditional Haitian dishes, and added her own spin to each. Now more than ever, people are yearning to get in touch with a community, and many are turning to their own communities to do so.
At the top of the year, all of my goals were external: a new apartment, new job, new achievements. Now, along with these goals, I have some new priorities for my future: I want to make sure that my culture doesn’t disappear in my lineage; I want to be able to pass on my heritage to my children, so they know where they come from. I made sorrel for the first time with my grandmother this Christmas, and I hope to finally perfect the recipe in years to come. I aim to be selective of the brands that I patron. I’m sure many have noticed that just being a recognizable brand no longer is cutting it for consumers. I want to continue to view the brands that I support with a critical lens, and cheer on the ones that get it right.
I want to join my peers and continue to foster my creative side with my culture in mind. Whether it’s creating a dance to the newest Soca song, perfecting a new dish, or making therapy-session podcasts, one thing my generation will continue to do is be creative, scrappy and innovative in the face of the unknown.