“Why am I here?” I thought to myself as I opened the tattered window, in an attempt to cool down the stifling room. Just a few hours before, my mother and I had landed on the gorgeous island of Jamaica and taken an insufferably long drive into the countryside where I anticipated being in a fancy hotel resort. Instead, I was in a small country part of Jamaica, known as St. Elizabeth, in a small four-bedroom house, which was already occupied by another family. As I started to unpack, Abigail, the little girl that lived in the house, entered my room. Touching everything I owned she grilled me about life in America.
At first, Abigail was the biggest pain in my backside. She had a knack for following me and repeating everything I said. She also loved to constantly mock my paranoia of ants. She even found it hysterical to point out various creepy crawlers and indicate to me the point of location of where they hide in my room.
Although Abigail seemed to be a complete nuisance, she proved to be the awakening that I needed to snap myself out of my pompous fantasyland.
Abigail opened my eyes to a completely different lifestyle. She taught me to jump rope, play jacks and how to pick ripe fruits. I was accustomed to washing machines, grocery stores, and air conditioning, but Abigail hand washed all her clothing, had to help her family grow food and slept with a fan at night. I watched as she and her friends performed various shows, singing and dancing for my entertainment. Never expecting to befriend anyone in Jamaica, Abigail was fascinating and she lured me in.
My whole demeanor changed after that. I arrived in Jamaica with a pretentious attitude, but left with an unexpected humbleness and an open mind and heart. After experiencing life outside my comfort zone, I came to realize that not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and that I should be appreciative for what I have and not complain about what I don’t.
I have grown so much from my experience with Abigail. I’ve learned adaptability, responsibility, maturity and, most importantly, humility. My adaptability will help me because I can adjust myself to fit in any and every situation. In my opinion, responsibility and maturity are directly related and I am positive that I have both the maturity and responsibility needed to not only fulfill my academic and personal desires but also to make me a better person in life.
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