Humans of Kingston – Saffron Shomaly

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“Dance became a massive part of my life in my early years due to my sisters (identical twins) being street dancers. I naturally got weaved into this family passion pretty much from the moment I no longer had to wear nappies.I finally convinced my parents to convert my bedroom into a dance studio. Who needs a bed anyway?

“Fast forwarding a few years, I decided to travel to other less developed parts of the world and have my eyes opened. I went solo to South East Asia, but was linked up with people once I arrived at my different destinations. I packed a suitcase to last me five months and off I went. I had never traveled abroad on my own. In fact, my family laughed knowing I cannot even catch a train without getting myself lost… How would I survive flying around the world where no one even spoke English?  I volunteered in rural areas teaching Dance and playing music in cafés and in children’s centers. It was so cool to be able to use dance in this way. I also got to visit orphanages and work with a HIV/AIDS business. It made me feel sick thinking of how selfish I am as a Westerner! I had endless stuff and these guys had a pet chicken and were satisfied. This completely changed my perspective on material things and I vowed to care less about earthly treasures and instead commit my life to things that will matter in eternity.”

♥ Irina

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