This is me!

in introduction •  last year  (edited)

IMG_5874.JPGHello steemit friends. I'm Ana-Z from Jamaica now in Japan. It’s the shortened version of my longer name. But people back home in Jamaica use to destroy the pronunciation and so as I got older, to save them the embarrassment and me the bitchy snap back, I just told every one to call me Ana. Guys you know your name is unique, when I was called a pet name till I started elementary school. And color me surprise when I was told, ‘ Oh Sandy is a pet name, your real name is ....” Maybe if someone is interested, I’ll let you know the tongue twister of a name I was given.

And do you want to know the irony, my name is beautifully pronounce by everyone who says it here in Japan, where I live and work. But did I know that when I firs got here? No, and so from the jump, I was like, call me Ana! And they did! But when they do say my full name it’s lovely. And more irony? My shortened name Ana, in Japan means a hole! Although Ana in Hebrew means hope.
Yes, I checked! Because I wanted to know what someone was smoking when they invented my name. And it seems, invented it, they did. Because when I search the baby name dictionary, and yes people, some years ago I was compelled to find out if my real name was totally made up, or if they actually researched and put thought into name me. Well, I can’t speak for them but I only found Ana. And I latched onto into because and least the first part of my name had substance.

I grew up in Jamaica with my daddy and stepmom, along with my half brothers and sisters. But in my country, we don’t emphasize the half or whatever. Once we share a parent, at least for me, we were just brothers and sisters. I love music and movies and books. I am a romance junkie. Sometimes embarrassingly so, but whatever. You love what you love, right. I also write poetry and songs and children stories. My dream and goals is to turn these hobbies and private passions into something tangible.

I wanted to own my own bookstore and music store and combine my love for books and music. But as I’ve gotten older the dream has changed a bit. I want to create the songs and write the books that are in stores and on the radio. Lofty dream? Maybe, but dreams are made into reality always. That’s why we have Beyonce, Amazon, Spotify. These were all someone’s dream at one time and they worked hard and turned it into reality. I’m trying to start that process of turning it from dream to reality.

Will I succeed? I don’t know, but I don’t want to look back on my life and say to myself, ‘ If I had only tried’. I may fail or succeed. That is not yet know, but I don’t want fear to paralyze me so that I never even tried. And so I’m starting slow and building up my confidence in myself and the talents I have to offer the world.

And that is what joining steemit is all about for me. I have tried putting my poetry out into the world but, nothing really happened. And honestly that discouraged me from posting more content. Because no one likes rejection, right? But I just have to keep trying and continue to move forward. Everyone will not like my poems, etc. But my hope is that I will find a few that will and support me and I them.

I love to travel and see the world but I also like just relaxing at home and chilling, while being grateful for my blessing and my life. I lost my daddy last September. It was crazy, because he died in Canada, September 4,2018 but when my sister called me it was , Wednesday September 5,2018 at 3:24 a.m. I always told my mom, when they called me, which isn’t regular, as we text more than call. But when they do call, my heart starts to pound because people only call so early when its bad, right? But so far, I had dodged the early morning call ‘catastrophe’.

But my time was up and it was on that Wednesday. And my world imploded. I guess for those who have lost someone close or a parent, who will understand. Up to that point, the only other significant person I had lost was his mother, mamma, who died peacefully in her sleep at 93. We knew that day was coming and I mourned her but I was able to go to work the the next day, Monday. But when I got the call about daddy, I was out for two weeks. I went to Canada to lay him to rest along with my sisters and mommy who was devastated. I thought she was going to have a mental breakdown. That’s how hard it rocked her. And listen, their relationship wasn’t all roses and champagne. In their younger years, my mother beaned him with a perfume bottle. But they have been together for over forty years, and everything that comes with being together so long, it just rocked my mother to her knees. Luckily her faith and family has helped. But sometimes it’s still surreal to me, that my daddy is no longer on this earth. He is no longer breathing, or arguing or being a stubborn man. He is just no more. And that’s what cripples me. I can only speak of how it affects me and when I allow the thoughts of him being gone in, I can’t breath.

And so I want to follow these dreams I’ve had for so long, because you never know when your book of life will end. And I want to be fearless, even though I am not. So I’m faking fearlessness, until I become fearless. And it starts here, on a site, my friend JJ told me about. He is also on it, and I hope to support him and I hope my steemit peeps will too.

As for me heading? Listen I don’t know what happened. I downloaded it from my pics and it was upright in my folder. But when it loaded on steemit , its sideways. And I’m like, ‘ Nice way to introduce yourself boo!’ But in the words of Shaggy, ‘it wasn’t me’. I tried to download it again and the same result and I see nothing that will allow me to turn it upright. So just do me a favor, ok. Just tilt your head to the side to see me properly. I look cute in that pic! If you till your head, I hope you’ll agree! LOL!

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Welcome to Steemit, Ana! You've done a great job with introducing yourself! I like that you described such important details from your life.. I do like your writing style and I'll be looking forward to reading more of your posts :) And I can't wait to see those poems :)

Steemit is a great place to be if you have friends around you. Try to engage with other Steemians and comment on as many posts as you can to get some visibility and make new relationships :) People here are open and nice and I'm sure that you will fit in. You can join some communities that have similar interests like yours or you can also join some discord groups to meet new people :)

I wish you all the luck! Have fun and see you around :)

Hi delishtreats! I love your name! My first instinct was to type delish as your “pet” namee. I’m also personalising my friends name!! But as I’m new and you don’t know me from adam! I’m reigning in my natural tendencies. Thanks for the encouragement and I you will continue to support and I’ll do the same . I’m still new to blogging daily and still trying to find my way. Be well and nuff blessings!!

Hahaha, you can call me delish :D I like this 'pet' name ;)

Just stay yourself... people like it here :)

Sending lots of hugs your way :)

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Thank you dswigle for the welcome! I’m still trying to get my barings. I am not savy with technology and honestly, navigating some of the fields seems daunting. But I’m trying to be more fearless in the pursuit of my artistic dream!! Thank again for the welcome. Oh, I’m an English teacher and it’s cold here in Japan and I’m so missing the warmth of the Jamaican sun. Keep in touch and nuff blessings!

Welcome my talented friend! Wishing you much success!

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Thanks Partiko!!! Nuff blessings

Welcome to steemit. Enjoy the ride

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Seems you have righted the leaning picture.

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You you can do that. I love books and music. Great to be able to buy and own things. Love the sunset.

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Hi Greetings and welcome, how is life in Japan.

Thanks for the welcome bootyp. Life in Japan is flipping freezing now but overall good!! How’s life where you are? Nuff blessings!

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Thanks kellis. My milkshake doesn’t bring all the boys to the yard! LOL! I saw your name and the song Milkshake just popped in mi head!!! Hope you’re well!!! Nuff blessings

Thank you boo. Hope all is well. Nuff blessings!

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Thanks anhvu for the welcome!!!! Nuff blessings


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Hey, just getting around to reading this. next yaadie in Japan. @missaj friend too. This was well done, I shall show it to others on how to do an intro post. See you around the block deh mi link. Bless UP keep on steemin. You are in at the right time.

Thanks for the greeting. Hope to see your stuff as well. Nuff blessings

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welcome to steemit😊😊😊

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Welcome, you have me curious on the full name. I had similar issues as a kid with pet names and long ass family names. Enjoy and Cheers

Hi, thanks for the welcome. I use to wonder, when my name was being massacred by adults and children alike, “ what were they smoking?” Like seriously! Did they know about Diana or Maria or something easy but cool. I’ll let the mystery of my name last a little while longer. I’m glad to chat .boots! Nuff blessings. In a bus now so laters boo!!

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What a wonderful descriptive story of you and your life. Your words allowed me to feel and see who you are. I, just like you, are new to this Steemit community. I am Super excited to engage. Your intro gave me permission to write as I talk and share in such a personal way. THANK YOU! I am very much looking forward to reading your poems or any of the posts that you share. Be well and Have a Blast with YOU!

Hi energylady101. Love your name by the way. Thanks so much for the welcome and appreciate the support! I look forward to engaging with you all and hope this is a beautiful and prolonged experience for me!! Nuff blessings

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Hi Ana, welcome to steemit, nice to see you

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Hi,

This is a lovely introductory post, Thank you for taking the time to write the post and say hello to the community!

I am here to help!

I would encourage you to keep posting and comment on others users content to help make a name for yourself and to get the most out of the platform!

Feel free to comment on my content and I'll up vote your comments! Drop me a follow so you can comment a lot and get a lot of my upvotes!

I have upvoted your post!

Luppers :)

Hi luppers! Thanks for the welcome and I like your content and added you I think. Still getting use to this new adventure. I hope you continue to support and I’ll do the same. Nuff blessings

Hi! That's great to hear! Of course, be sure to drop me a follow! Hope to see you around!!!