“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
I started off with this quote because it literally exposes the point of exploring and personal growth. So let me ask you a few questions. Does personal growth mean anything to you? Is mediocrity or stale living your status right now? Are you in a comfort zone? Are you willing to break barriers? Is experience or learning something new play a part in your daily habits? Have you explored your own culture? Can learning about a new culture open your mind? Do those questions even make you think about your journey? Do you even care….?
I ask these questions not to belittle you or make you feel that your existence is pointless. I ask these questions because they are a sure way to open your mind to various insights on life. For some, this is a no brainer, thriving and experiencing the world for what it has to offer is “THE POINT OF LIVING.” For others, marginal living or contentment is what they want, but some just need a little spark to jump-start their fulfillment of life.
photo shot in Milan, Italy “Arco Della Pace“
I’ll give you the short answer to my own question, what does traveling or exploring mean to me? I haven’t “traveled the world and the seven seas”, but I am always looking for something. I grew up in a very diverse community in the city of San Diego, California. ..but narrow that down I truly grew up in the most southern city beach of CA called Imperial Beach / San Ysidro. I mean you name it from Latinos, Caucasian, African, or Asian to be very broad and vague they were there. On top of being half African/Filipino American, I was exposed to a very diverse culture from the get go which ultimately sparked my desire to learn and grow through different cultures and experience. Now jump 32 years from the day I was born and I’ve traveled and experienced America, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Kuwait, Jordan, Denmark, Belgium, France & a few others. “I WANT MORE!!!!”
So back to the question, what does traveling or exploring mean to me? Experiencing these different views, ways of living, cultural differences allowed me to grow personally (spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally) by expanding my view points past my small circle living of one of the most diverse states in America. I feel more aware of the people I am surrounded by thus taking down the huge barrier of Judgmental or Narrow-mindedness. Crazy to say, waking up and tackling each day is easier because I’ve grown to understand the earth I walk on and the people who exist on this beautiful planet. There is still more to see and even more to experience. We are stronger together as humans!
So I know this kind of jumped from a small spectrum to a wide open space, but that’s what traveling does. It expands your view points, enables you to grow, expands your mindset, sparks creativity, boost relationships, allows you to grow to love people as humans & not just as segregated cultures. Although, please take pride in your roots, but also be courteous of others outside yours.
To conclude this broad blog, go make it happen! If you choose to live marginally, that’s your choice and not my place to judge, but if you have some sort of curiosity, “TRAVELING & EXPLORING” is like a gateway drug to life fulfillment. Go and CREATE your story, challenge yourself, be better everyday, take risks, fail and try again, understand the world you live in, be a better ambassador of life, be an example for future humans, help others, and experience what you can. What’s that saying..? “YOLO!” Whatever it is, make it happen. Take care and stay Dedicated. #dedicamvmnt