Saturday I was one of the 33 nominees for the DC Pearls award. An event to celebrate and honor young Dutch Caribbean talent. Nominated for the Art & Literature Pearl, I already felt a winner for the acknowledgement with all the other talents. The theme of the night was resilience. Living in an insecure economical climate, many of us have to find creative ways to survive. This being stated, it takes loads of energy to keep bouncing back from the harsh reality we may encounter. Nevertheless, by focusing on opportunities we can make the best of a desparate situation. But most important of all, we must know that we are not alone. Working together we increase our chances to succeed. And as the chairman of the jury Glen Helberg said: "Our islands may be small, but our minds are not".