VERON LEE CAMPBELL
I was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies, to Hector and Clarabell Campbell. In 1978, I graduated from the Montego Bay High School. Immediately afterward, I studied Business Administration at the Montego Bay Community College, and have since worked in the administrative field. My creative side led me to pursue courses in fashion design and interior decorating as hobbies. Additionally, I became a licensed Electrologist, skincare and nail specialist and also work as a certified nursing assistant. These areas may seem diverse; however, the common theme, my core value, is service to others. Some additional things I enjoy doing include swimming, playing scrabble, and arts and crafts.
My primary passion has always been writing since childhood. I was fascinated with stories I read and always made up my own. Enid Blyton was one of the first authors I admired, and read several of her books along with the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, to name a few. Song writing came to me naturally from my early teen years and I had written a few songs before finishing high school.
In 1984, I started sharing my poems and songs with the public through various media including radio, poetry reading groups, churches, special events and submissions to the local newspaper. My very first reading was in the studio of my local radio station, and I was terrified. This was followed by printing poems on cards, a collection of children’s poems in book form called For the Children in 1993, a small book with a collection of thoughts called Sharing My Thoughts and a poster, Confessions of My Life. All these were done through local printing companies.
I love to share from my heart, and if one person is able to appreciate what I have written or shared in any way, this would be a blessing. Words are my instrument and I will always strive to make a difference. This is my way of sharing with family, friends and the world at large.
My word of encouragement is: Never give in to fear. I was always very shy and was timid to participate in anything. This held me back for years, but I kept working on the things I enjoyed doing behind the scenes. At times, I thought it was better for me given my introverted nature, but the Lord had other plans. He placed me in situations where I would end up sharing, and over time I started speaking up.
Naturally, as I write this, I feel compelled to share a poem summing up my childhood (and beyond):
MY CHILDHOOD DAYS
My childhood days were filled with fear
Of things that could not harm me
My self-esteem was out the door
Boys and such things alarmed me
Why did I fear? Where did it start?
Not sure why I was frightened
I even shunned the party crowd
As I grew up it heightened
My intellect was not to blame
My books were what I clung to
My mind was filled with needless doubts
My solitude I’d run to
How different are my days right now
My life and thoughts are filled with
Self-confidence, fulfilling dreams
And heights that life is filled with
My childhood days are passed and gone
And yet I tend to look back
Reflecting on the things I feared
Today I would not hold back
- Veron Lee Campbell