How Adopting a Nomadic Lifestyle has Driven My Vision and Induced Creative Decisions.
Growing up, I never had much. My parents may have made poor choices, but I never let their mistakes guide the way I choose to live my life. How could I waste my life on their actions when I could use it to ensure I never live the same mistakes? I use my environment to define the life choices that benefit me and assist in bringing my vision to life. Like me, there are many who have to deal with uncertainty and instability on a daily basis, so it is my goal to design and develop a solution that will work toward breaking this vicious cycle. Ultimately, I want to bring individuals together through the use of technology in order to perpetuate a greater since of community among society.
“We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges”
— Tim Bernes-Lee
It wasn’t until recently that I was able to conceptualize why I am where I am and how my parents are indirectly responsible for the way I view and interact with the world around me. Do I ever resent my parents for the decisions they made? Never have and never will. If it wasn’t for them my understanding of the world wouldn’t be what it is. I wouldn’t be me. Their poor choices may have forced uncertainty upon my siblings and I, but I allowed for the constant change and instability to shape me in a positive way. I saw that if I reacted with reason rather than with emotion I could use that to find my own way and eventually one day assist others just the same. I have learned that everyone is an accumulation of their experiences and the things they are able to learn from them. It is from these experiences that we shape both our vision and the creative strategies involved in making them a reality.
Although my humbling experiences as a child have fortified my values as an individual, it is also responsible for instilling the willingness to take risks and create changes that will have positive impacts on others around the globe. If it wasn’t for the series of unfortunate events I experienced as a child, I wouldn’t have been as inclined as I am today in living as a nomad. My love for all people is insurmountable. What I love most is how each person is so unique. The only hindrance I face before embarking on this mission will be that as a society we first have to enact a promise of acceptance and disseminate it by any means we have. But let’s not forget, the current state of the U.S. Government isn’t particularly in the mood to accommodate the beauty that is diversity.
“Diversity: The art of thinking independently together.”
— Malcom Forbes
Now, it wasn’t until college that I really began to understand how deeply rooted these nomadic tendencies really were for me. I had studied Global and International Studies, so it was obvious to me at that point that I loved our world and the people it was comprised of. I had never really given travel a thought until my advisor at the time really exercised the benefits of studying abroad in my particular field of study. So, long story short she pushed for me to go and I did. I studied in Florence, Italy and travelled throughout Europe for about six months. While I was living in the moment, it came to me that from then on I really wanted to see every inch our world had to offer. Regardless of financial hurdles, I knew that the world was my oyster. I would and still do anything in order to satisfy that craving of getting to know the world for what it is. I don’t just want to see the touristy things, but the good, the bad, and the ugly. I believe that if you travel to just be a tourist, you aren’t really getting to know the places you go. That’s how people orchestrate misconceptions about places they honestly don’t really know at all. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to experience those things, but I believe for myself traveling means something more.
“They told me to grow roots, instead I grew wings”
I want to make it known that even though things may not be perfect, it’s up to you to inspire the change that is needed to eradicate the ignorance and injustice that pervade our world today. For me, adopting nomadic tendencies worked because it was how I grew up. I never really had roots, but it is on you to find your way to inspire and bring about the change as you see fit.