“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
– H. Jackson Brown
One of my favourite things about travelling is meeting new people. More often than not you meet only once, but a mutual understanding of that usually doesn’t prevent an intrigue into their life experiences. You take it in turns to explain your background, trip purpose and itinerary, sharing tips and places to visit. Asking questions about each other’s lifestyle and what they have enjoyed most during their travels.
Sometimes you really click with someone and you arrange to meet up again. Now you can dig deeper and really learn about them. This is when you have to remember to ask questions. Listen to them talk and ask appropriate follow up questions. It doesn’t take long to really learn about someone’s core beliefs. While travelling it is highly likely to find others with differing philosophies to your own and these are the best people to speak with.
I’ve spent a lot of my life forming quite opinionated and judgemental impressions of people. This meant I didn’t give people a chance and I’m sure I missed out on speaking with many interesting people because of it. I try really hard now to not make assumptions about people and make an effort to learn about them. This has made a huge difference in my life. It has opened up many opportunities and made me a more compassionate and empathetic person. It’s also given me a lot of gratitude for the things in my life and I’m so happy I’ve transitioned to this way of thinking.