BY R.D. Miller
The long and ongoing voyage with the hope of returning one day
They undertook the arduous voyage with the hope of one day returning.
Queen Victoria’s ship or plane has carried many individuals out of their Caribbean homelands throughout the years in search of a better life or preparation for one they hope to achieve in the future.
Notable, according to accounts, those who arrived in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries have been referred to as the Windrush generation.”
Workers from the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and others arrived in Tilbury on June 22, 1948, according to records, to help the UK meet labor shortages following World War II.
Other studies reveal that migrants also came from the coasts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and have made a significant contribution
These people restored cities and ran factories, replacing a shortage in the labor force from males who had gone to battle. Unfortunately, some came back wounded, and others never made it back to their families.
To put it another way: Scholars have compared it to the Mayflower, an English ship from 1620 that carried a group of English people recognized as Pilgrims out of England and on to the New World.
Since the 19650s, the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, as well as those that came after; many remained after they put immigration limits in place. They have contributed significantly to academia, medicine, and other areas of the economy; both public and private sectors.
Many also arrived later for work-study or refuges, and some are undocumented. Today, they can identify several offsprings in these neighborhoods as first and second generations.
These trips as later studies have shown, each year, over 500 thousand people migrate to countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Australia even to South and Central America and even other parts of Africa seeking a better standard of living.
However, this is not a history paper, and in the coming decades, there will undoubtedly be another generation, because reports show this cycle will not end.
Tenacity in the face of adversity
The transformation to a different country can be challenging for immigrants, notably, some industrialized nations do not always bring about a natural transformation. Discrimination, hostility, prejudice, and other forms of unfairness, language barrier, and injustice harmed many migrants, but they banded together.
Only a modest proportion of them proceeded to higher learning; the majority performed in low-paying jobs, in factories, cleaning roads, hospitality, clinics, and nursing homes.
They placed these individuals in positions that were unpopular with native people. They were paid less than the minimum wage, with little job security and no access to health care. However, it was vital to their upward mobility.
Taking the bus and the late-night metro, or underground to and from work warmed their hands and feet for years as they dealt with the unpredictable cold and rainy weather.
Restricted, government-owned apartments were often worse than the ones they had left behind. When the law and systemic hurdles allowed it, many people saved money from their income and used it to buy small flats or homes.
Even though they lived in developed nations, many traveled to and from work in unsafe areas. They found people who use drugs and were involved in violent crimes such as burglaries, thefts, mugs, and murders on several of these streets.
Dropouts from high school, gangs, poverty, inequities, and unfairness were all visible to them.
As in a classic film from the early 20th century, it gave them a chance and, despite the hardships and inequalities they faced, they could say yes where others had failed and where others had forgotten their roots.
Sadly, some left a legacy that has not uplifted many of these communities like others who have contributed to the economic strength of these nations.
With little or no social protection because they were still those over there, some saw others’ lives go down into a state of depression.
Many began using illegal substances and turned into violence, and other psychological disorders that ultimately led to incarceration, segregation, and early death.
They had to leave early to care for their boss’s children as servants or because they worked as a nurse and were the only ones on the weekend holiday schedule to miss many family dinners, holidays, school events, or opportunities to help with homework.
For some who got married, have children or re-establish ties with loved ones left behind, this new way of life helped define who they became.
Sometimes it made them overly protective of their children, and the push for reaching beyond what they have accomplished.
Ascending in the manner like the television, Jefferson.
They put up a model for future families who arrived later and became naturalized citizens, or natural-born, by creating a melting pot of family structures.
Many had a retirement fantasy of sailing away into the sunset, but they remained working, hoping one day they could return to the place where it all began and enjoy the fruits of their effort.
It was only a matter of time before a new immigrant community formed. Others took a chance and invested in properties that were legal to do so.
It created more space, and opportunity for the next wave of immigrants, contributing to a quirky society where many characteristics of the culture they left behind are maintained without fear of being targeted for their success.
After a long wait, the following generation has finally come into being. You didn’t ask to be here, but we’ll get through it. Respecting their wishes is essential if you are aware of the price to be paid. Nobody wants to let go of the link that binds them to their beginnings.
30 to 40 years later; your role in bringing that 1950s voyage dream to fruition
Some of these decisions were tougher for some people than ending your relationships, and this is one of them. The one your parents didn’t care for, too, because they were stuck in that old paradigm, with a scorecard from the street weighing in on their decision.
These internal negotiations allow you to reassess your personal and professional life because the house is already finished and waiting for them.
Many people have only a shaky connection to the country because their parents were born there, which is a common occurrence.
To do this, much research must be conducted along with an understanding that island life may be extremely different from what one may expect.
Some x-pats choose to work, while others like to rest and enjoy the cool wind, gorgeous sunsets, the ocean, or the bountiful green that never seems to fade regardless of the season.
Traveling to the region is typically safe, but there are several areas where you should exercise caution and take every measure to decrease the likelihood of something bad happening.
Experts warn that a dangerous surge in nationalism is being pushed by individuals who blame immigrants and other minority groups for their economic woes, which is becoming more widespread by the day. As each day passed, your fear about their safety grew more intense.
Other issues such as rising healthcare costs and the desire to relocate to a more desirable section of town make it impractical to continue to live in one’s current location.
You wondered, “What if it’s time to revisit the topic of that voyage?” as the world spun on an unfathomable axis.
There have been mixed stories, with some retirees advising against returning. Today, the decision to repatriate “everything immediately” must be weighed in terms of benefits and costs.
For some, you were ten the previous time you visited, and maybe twenty-one the next time you went with your pals, a quick stop inland to meet a new cousin or aunt, but the majority of the time was spent on the beach in the pre-selected gated community.
At the moment, you’re dealing with a variety of issues, including those relating to your professional and personal lives, health and finances, family, and interpersonal connections, to mention a few.
Love, patriotism, distance, happiness, fear, healthcare, the unknown
It’s not unusual to be both supportive and concerned when someone you care about is contemplating a journey, whether it’s for personal reasons or to realize a long-held ambition.
Many families today have to think about what is best for their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or friends when making decisions about their loved ones.
They are adamant about their ways because they have been tried and tested for decades.
It’s a cultural issue, and their age, possessions, and status allow them the power to do so. “I get to make the decisions now that I’m older,” they explained.
My instructions on how to use FaceTime with your daughter and grandkids will put an end to your constant nagging, Dad. (Lol)
Returning to reality, you may have to pay for child care or migrate because housing is more affordable or there are better jobs elsewhere.
It has been estimated that 34% of Millennials still reside within a 10-mile radius of their childhood homes, despite relocating more frequently over the past two decades than previous generations (Baby Boomers and Gen Xers).
This is not meant to restrict or damage your trip, but when decades of silence have become deafening and these decisions are not about rituals, the reality cannot be ignored or spun.
Is it possible that a large number of people will benefit from this?
When the economic impact of their return is taken into account, who stands to gain the most?
Ex-pats do not dump goos; instead, they bring services that do not jeopardize local farmers and small businesses struggling to compete with imports.
A large number of these government pension fund managers who have worked for decades and earned huge fortune appreciate the significance of their return in freeing up resources for the hospital system, elderly homes, and other social services in industrialized countries.
Economically, it is often better to assist repatriation by ensuring that their pensions are received every month by previous arrangements.
According to economic research, retirement income in the Caribbean region has the potential to persist for a longer period.
The utilization of domestic help in the creation of new work opportunities is prevalent. Many of these staff are paid more and live close to the retirees they serve. within the confines of their own neighborhood.
Despite the closure of manufacturing enterprises, mismanagement, and even corruption, some local businesses are kept open with their discretionary cash when people return home.
The multiplier impact will be amplified because they are your neighbors and will dine at restaurants and buy all of their meals.
Remittances are crucial, but retirees continue to spend from their pension accounts even when the economy is in decline, according to experts in international affairs.
Only you have access to their bank account and phone lines.
What would be the cost of your concerns if they cashed in their money and traveled to the Caribbean, Latin America, or even some African countries as their final destination?
Without a doubt, their dreams will be granted, and many people will receive free vacation accommodations, whether or not they want to admit it to themselves.
It’s a good bet that the phone will ring when it’s time to check up on the grandchildren, say hello, or book a flight for a doctor’s visit as a result of this package.
This is a difficult decision for some, and I’m sure some of you will put it off until later.
The truth isn’t always on the postcard.
This does not detract from the friendliness of many individuals, but there is no price to pay for the feeling of being endangered.
A large number of retirees have already settled down and are content with their lot in life; others merely want to be buried back home.
People looking for a tranquil and safe retirement have long found the most populous Caribbean islands to be ideal.
Though there are encouraging signs on these shores, some of the children have returned; grandkids enjoy reconnecting with their ancestors.
When you ran into a former church Deacon Brown and learned of his plans to leave the country and transfer to an elderly care facility in the United Kingdom, you were shocked.
There is still an investigation into the suspicious death of Mr. Denton, the neighbor who helped you mend your training bike tires, and who checked on you throughout the years until your parents returned from an errand after he retired to the island.
When it came to their home country, many elders’ patriotism remained unwavering.
Why did she never return, and I wondered about that as well?
When they talked of a church sister and her husband, as well as many other people who returned home and told their own stories of being robbed or murdered.
If they had asked, he would have given them his shirt off his back since he wouldn’t hurt a fly. She has declared that “her only return will be in a casket” as she approaches her 100th birthday.
Today, I wonder from these statements, how can some of these service-industry countries survive in a world where the only safe way to return is from a casket to a last resting place for the dead?
To put it another way, it forces you to rethink your plans. We may never learn why so many people leave and why some decide to return.
So, what advice would you provide to a loved one or friend who is contemplating a move?
In other words, how many stories have been left untold—and some of the best ones?
Who is in charge of preserving and disseminating these accounts?
Fear of violence, demographic shifts, and the potential of robbery, fraud, extortion exploitation, and murder, not just “cultural alienation,” are some of the reasons many Baby Boomers are reluctant to return to their tropical paradise.
The bright spots on the surface of this area hide a darker reality, and those who eat too rapidly from the basket of fruits they once left intact will pay the price.
The reports of people killed months after their arrival are occasionally adjusted to make it look like they stole nothing, implying that theft was not the intent of a victim’s family trying to come to terms with the loss of 30-40 years of hard work and goals after the death of their loved one.
Because they fought back, it is possible that these victims’ valuables were not taken from them. These headlines, however, must not be twisted, diminished, or dismissed.
But at the least, they may hear you from somewhere else where safety is not a daily reminder of their “sell-out” status for remaining and speaking up.
Law enforcement is having a difficult time breaking up these gangs and thugs, yet they continue to walk the streets unchecked.
As part of an extortion ploy, they analyze retiree movements to scare the community, then return to promising community safety for an additional cost.
Stories from up close and personal
There are indeed guidelines and organizations, as well as e-pats associations, that provide top ten lists on how to arrive safely in various areas and other official statements and activities that have to be taken seriously.
Furthermore, it appears that they will receive little or no assistance in navigating the system once they arrive, and good luck finding someone to keep an eye on many of these e-pats who isn’t concerned about their own financial well-being as a result of this retired ATM.
Is it just a coincidence that a pension from a local bank vanished every other month following a trip to the store?
For several months, she hasn’t received rent on the bottom-floor apartment she rented for less than market value to give a young family a start.
Yes, these things happen elsewhere. She is viewed as a woman with deep pockets who can do without.
For her to be safe, she must live in constant fear of being attacked. This is the mentality that needs to be changed.
When will she receive that horrible phone call informing her that she has died from something other than natural causes?
Based on reports from local media, several efforts have been implemented to mobilize our nationals abroad for the goal of nation-building. ” We want our diaspora to come back and live, work, raise families, do business, invest, and retire in their own country as much as possible.”
Others wanted to return to the UK and other countries, but the modest flat is no longer there, and she may not be able to manage, let alone afford, the changes there, so she should stay put….
Many of these X-Pats have indeed honed their abilities in fields vital to a country’s economic well-being, such as urban planning and social work, as well as correctional and mental health counseling.
They’ve also gained expertise in technology and sports medicine, among other things.
The question is, how many people will have a reasonable opportunity to use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to help the next generation remains unanswered.
The fact that thieves perceive ex-pats as easy prey continues to be a big issue in the country.
There are many stories like Mr. Lynch’s, and I’ll get to a few more of them later. Ancel Lynch, 72, was killed early Tuesday morning when assailants stormed into his Clarendon house and opened fire (December 1).
Her husband’s wife, Inez, claims she heard him talking to one of his assailants, whom he tried to protect by latching a door.” According to the information available, he was only in the country for three days.
They negotiated their way through an ominous cloud of inequality, and in many cases, they helped to alleviate the plight of their forefathers.
Despite the disparities, many triumphed, and their only reward was the peace of mind that came with returning to their parents’ fruit tree.
But once they’ve returned, it appears that many are forced to fend for themselves in the absence of a comprehensive support structure, since they’re routinely targeted.
Many more stories might be told, and I’ve chosen a handful to share here.
Once they’ve cleared customs, many of these retirees appear to be on their own. Despite the presence of a few welcome mats, the trash is buried beneath the carpets.
While other communities work to maintain order and safety, some (thugs) view their victims’ hard-earned cash and other possessions as their own personal property.
They were stabbed to death at their Jamaican “dream mansion” in the parish of Portland, Gayle and Charlie Anderson, both 71 and 74 years old. They grow to aggravate communities over time with their distressing stories.
My local officials may not know how many individuals have perished in targeted killings over the last decade
Melbourne, 81, and Etta, 70, were found dead at their Saint Thomas holiday house on January 9, 2018.
“Her father was only a few cabinets away from finishing the house he built from scratch,” their daughter stated, in pain.
Take your rainy-day funds, which you have worked hard and accumulated for decades, in an instant with little to no closure.
To find a solution, the country must return to the design for governance.
The death of Delroy Walker in May 2018 reminds us of the danger that few noticed or realize.
After returning to Jamaica from Britain, where he had planned to spend his retirement years giving back to the community, he was stabbed to death.
It must have been a fantastic feeling for him to be able to return and give something back, especially to children and teenagers.
In other words, he didn’t come back to rob you of your livelihood, possessions, and opportunities for personal growth. If they’d asked, he’d have offered them some sound counsel.
Through his nonprofit organization, he has campaigned for youngsters by giving back and employing his abilities and resources.
It was a loss to the youths, those who longed for a ray of sunshine that was becoming more difficult to come by on these beaches, that he died too soon.
Concerns raised by Delroy’s killing have reverberated outside the islands, and as a result, many charitable barrels of goods intended for these islands are being reassessed, advertised on eBay and Amazon, or kept in a basement or storage facility out of fear for their recipients’ safety.
Even though his assassins were apprehended, criminal gang enterprises are silently destroying these once-safe communities, posing a serious threat to normal life and having a long-term economic impact.
Karen Cleary, 44, had returned from the United Kingdom and was constructing her dream home in her birth country when she went missing on Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Her body was discovered in a shallow grave on her property in Boscobel, St Mary.
An investigation into the possible identification of a missing Jamaican returning resident named Barbara Findley is currently underway in St Elizabeth, Jamaica in December 2018.
Sadly, our family’s horrific narrative repeated the same faith as so many other untimely deaths.
After exiting a local bank, MR. P. (Uncle P) was slain in his own driveway. In his own way, he had been a part of that 45-year adventure.
In his entire life, he worked in law enforcement, giving so much back to the community that he left, and all he wanted was to sit back and enjoy the rewards of his labor, which he did as a mentor to me.
Even though he had just lost his wife two months prior, the cause of her death at the hospital remains a mystery.
It is also important to remember that those in these areas who are aware of these killers should not hold the local police responsible for their silence.
Many of these cases are still in “investigative status,” meaning they are just closed files, even though the authorities have settled some of them.
Is this the proper way to bring someone’s retirement to a close?
Another incident involving a family of returning residents was published on August 15, 2017, in which a thief took their baggage, car, and things after they had left the Norman Manley Airport and abandoned them on the side of the road.
It was fortunate that no one was murdered in this occurrence; nonetheless, as is common in cases like these, an investigation is currently underway because the majority of these crimes have a poor closure rate.
To save money for their return home, these returning inhabitants labored long hours in sweltering heat and rain, or they planted a little plot of land and hoped to get a harvest from it.
The State Department has warned that violent crime, such as armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, assault, and rap, is nevertheless prevalent in Trinidad and Tobago and the surrounding region, especially among expatriates and visitors.
What is causing this behavior?
There will be more stories like this until they realize they have a problem and come out strongly and denounce these atrocities from all sides.
Crime becomes more enticing to young people when they lack hope or the resources to make a difference in their lives. It’s us, the poor, vs them over there, plain and simple (rich).
Economic stagnation has also expanded the divide between the have-and-have-nots, and some people are suffering from mental illness.
As a result of social exclusion, classism, and a scarcity of work opportunities, a criminal mindset has emerged, one that sees itself as the only one capable of committing crimes.
A “crab in the bucket” mindset was established, in which the bottom was continuously trying to drag the top down, and everyone died because no one ever came out.
Criminals perceive success as a hindrance and instead see funerals, where no one wins or advances, instead of drawing on the experiences and triumphs of returning citizens, many of whom give back to the community and ask those seniors to mentor them to develop a professional path or start a business.
A tropical storm, unreliable utility service, or a few poorly patched potholes on rural roads aren’t the problems that some retirees face today, but the departure of close friends who accompany them on these return journeys due to violence.
The data that influences go/stay decisions
The Jamaican Observer reports over 1,600 deaths in 2017, so how likely is it that Aunt Suzie will be in the next data set?
Is it now a false sense of security that tourists and returning residents are greeted with a serene and trouble-free atmosphere?
Even in countries like Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago that speak English, the mortality rate is at least 30 deaths per 100,000 people.
In comparison to other countries in Europe, these rates are 15 to 30 times greater than those in most European countries, according to various statistics on crime.
There is a worrying rise in the murder rate per 100,000 people in the Caribbean, Central, and South America as a whole. Local leaders in Belize, Belize, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, and the US Virgin Islands cannot afford to lose sight of this problem.
More than 350 expatriates have been slain or their goods stolen, making it one of the most dangerous places in the hemisphere to live. Figures like these are often highlighted
In the same way that turtles or salmon spawn and a new generation begins to mature, many people appreciated their adoptive country.
If what you earn is also mine, then welcome home.
As the head of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning People, Mr. Percival Latouche went so far as to warn that returning people should not return home.
Latouche reported that “twelve returnees have been killed thus far this year (Early December 2018″), and the number of additional funerals he has attended,” according to local reports.
Some 200 British, American and Canadian ex-pats have been killed in Jamaica since the early 2000s, according to a single study
The number of violent gangs in the area has increased, as has the amount of weapons they possess, according to a large number of people. Someone claimed that those that return will be targeted for theft, fraud, or even murder.
In the past, I’ve watched the popular television show “Caribbean Life,” which showcases the best places to live in the Caribbean
But many families who were aware of the local political impasse reported corruption as well as poverty, criminality, and several other manifestations of social inequity that couldn’t be covered in a 30-minute episode of the show.
On paper or in sound bites, leadership
Regardless of political party or leadership, criminals have brought many communities to the brink of collapse. They’ve lost touch with the moral compass of their peers and society.
In a retirement community, criminals lurk around every corner, ready to strike like venomous snakes.
They appear to overwhelm the authorities, but before you can implement strategies to reduce the symptoms and eventually eliminate the cause, everyone must acknowledge that this is a major issue.
Multiple serial killers may be keeping an eye on their X-pats’ vulnerabilities, and I fear they will strike at the next person’s insights.
To see if these headlines are reducing, you may look up the latest statistics on expatriates killed or targeted in many of these places.
Please stop minimizing these crimes, they are not random.
Uncertainty and safety worries have spread like a virus, keeping many individuals away from these shores, regardless of their intentions.
Those who fail to anticipate these challenges and have a clear vision for addressing this public health crisis are simply unable to lead effectively.
What the critics are saying isn’t about returning residents learning what to do and what not to do, as many people try to downplay and divert.
Families are suffering as a result of the inability of government officials to enact harsher punishments and allocate more resources to law enforcement and community support.
They, as well as their leaders, must unite to speak out more forcefully against these crimes and the great risk of harm they pose to the families they serve as well.
A number of these criminals may be suffering from mental health issues, drug addictions, a lack of hope and opportunity, or be swayed by a cruel ideology.
Modernization and other advancements in technology and infrastructure have been noted around the country.
Making quick money through criminal activities becomes alluring for young people who drop out of school since there aren’t enough work opportunities.
A conflicted mood will cause confusion.
Ex-pats I’ve encountered, including family members, must only stay in these communities because they have advanced medical difficulties, such as dementia, time passes and they are counting down the days till they die. This is a sad state of affairs.
Some of them have built multi-million dollar homes out of the money they saved on their lengthy journey, and they’ve fortified them with steel bars and locks to keep them safe. It’s a good thing if there’s an escape route in case of fire.
I understand: Immigrants’ experiences will forever connect these beautiful coastlines around the world, tying them together through heritage, roots, culture, and pure love.
However, if well-managed islands, like Costa Rica to Belize, Nicaragua to Dominica, and maybe Cuba soon and other places around the world, have low taxes, low crime, and a low cost of living where the next planes land or ships dock is still up for debate.
Accountability, security, and peace of mind are priceless.
Even though not everyone who visits the Caribbean is raped and murdered, there is an undercurrent of many unsettling tales.
As soon as you lose a sense of security, you tend to focus on the person next to you, whether it’s in a taxi, a bus, or even a bank.
Again, being robbed numerous times after leaving a local bank after receiving a fixed monthly paycheck was not an isolated incident.
Regardless of whether they drive alone, take public transportation, go to the store, or see a doctor. Performing these errands is becoming increasingly risky.
Because no one wants their backyard to look bad, victims and other concerned citizens often get a response of minimizing these serious issues when they bring them up.
I, on the other hand, claim to be half of this tree, since I fell from a branch of it. Consequently, I would like to take a break, recharge my batteries and ensure that the old tree log is safe for other children to use.
Family and friends are now reluctant to travel further than a few miles from their homes, resulting in the loss of business for a young man who normally sells his wares on the street.
They’ve previously rented motor vehicles and driven around the country, and some say it would be nice to do the same this time around. Criminals are no longer able to maintain their composure because they are afraid of being targeted. Not a pleasant sensation.
People missed out on a chance to see friendly faces, beautiful scenery, a local business that needs some business, and a whole lot more because of it.
The false sense of security:
Offering appealing seaside, rustic, or secluded living options in exchange for a discount on shipping containers into a gated community might be a tempting proposition.
Once they arrive, however, a sense of insecurity drives individuals to retreat and isolate themselves from the rest of society.
The purchase of a magnificent property is only one of the equations when it comes to planning a comfortable retirement. Expatriates’ income is an investment, and as such, they should be better protected.
Scammers and other crooks who can afford to move in if the price is right and they have connections share a neighborhood that many seniors believe to be safe.
After all, what is the use of having multiple keys to your home if your windows are barred shut like a prison due to fear and anxiety?
There is no expectation among the general public that law enforcement will relocate to a returned residence for their own safety.
Thousands of people now live in gated communities, but what about the safety of those who live on the hillside back to the very area where they were born and raised?
The tourist protected zone alone is not enough to keep the Caribbean economy afloat. Many folks just want to cultivate crops, take in the landscape, or volunteer to serve on a school board or a community center because of their experience.
When your mother, father, or another member of your family decides to return to their native land and live under a mango, pine, or coconut tree for the rest of their lives.
Based on both health and financial reasons, they are also intending to set up an egg-producing farm on a modest scale and raise their own hens to produce their own eggs.
Should you wait out the current mood
hey do not judge who has the finest music or who has the most Twitter likes, for example.
It means having access to great health care, safety, and environmental management, as well as an economic structure that encourages mobility for all people in a democratic society.
The fact that each family, friend, and associate has a different tale and method does not constitute an indictment of their intentions.
A paradigm shift in thinking is required so that the next generation, who may wish to make the same journey back as their parents, will have fewer questions.
Many more retirees will visit in the coming years, but better headlines are needed if you want them to continue their hybrid vacation of meeting them on a cruise ship or watching them leave for the next destination with peace of mind, which is incredibly important.
I’m still hopeful that things will improve, but like an alcoholic, the first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem.
It is only a small selection of news items, friends, and family members’ lives that are chronicled here; the final decision is in your hands.