Prompt #1: How has your view of the world changed because of travel?
One question that people like to ask me after my round-the-world trip is: So, what did you learn?
I think they expect some profound answer that links back to the creation of the universe. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that sort of answer for them.
I usually reply, “I discovered that we are the same all over the world.” Then the person who asked the question would give me a weird look which said, “You spent 130 days travelling and that’s all you have?”
The more places I go, the more I realize that we are the same. Every human being faces the same sort of problems no matter where they are.
Are you stressed about making a living? Well, the people in South America do too.
Do you complain about your government? Well, the folks in Turkey do too.
When we watch other people through a lens or through the news, we think of them as different species. We think, “Oh, that would not happen to us. Oh, we’re so different.”
We think that we’re unique snowflakes. But the truth is, we’re more similar than we are different.