Ok, for this story I’m going to need to back up a little, way before I ever got on the plane to Jamaica. Are you ready for a story?
For my last semester of college I wanted to take a rather easy course load, so one of the classes I signed up for was called Stretch and Relaxation. Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. We literally spent hours stretching and learning different meditation practices. It was awesome! I learned about chakras and I found out what my power animal is. It turns out it’s an elephant, which totally makes sense! I love ellies so much! And my teacher explained to us that you often see your power animal a lot, like when people give you gifts and stuff. Now get this, for Christmas this year I received an elephant necklace, and elephant art piece, and my cousin adopted an elephant in my name. Every time I go into my dad’s restaurant, his delivery driver always gives me an article he found in the newspaper about elephants or he saves up elephant jokes he’s heard and tells me them. It would explain why I’ve always been attracted to Africa so much (African Elephants, mon). My favorite liquor, Amarula, has an elephant on the bottle…. I could go on.
Pretty much, all you need to know is my spirit animal is an elephant.
So anyways, now to present day Jamaica. I am strolling through the market, minding my own business, when an old rasta guy comes up to me, holding a (you guessed it!) wooden elephant, and says “Here miss, you need this.”
What the hell?!
I was so stunned, I simply asked him why I needed an elephant. And you know his answer???
“Because ma’am… it’s your animal.”
I wish I was making this up, but this happened in real life people!
To cut the story short, I bought the elephant and the guy carved my name in it. There is nothing about Jamaica that reminds me of elephants, but this is the best souvenir I’m bringing home. It’s stuff like this that remind me how magical and crazy the world is. Jamaica has made me feel refreshed, and I have been reminded just how much I love life.