I’ve got to travel more
If the past year in these United States of America has taught me anything at all, it’s that every single one of us could use more time interacting with people outside of our bubble. Take one look at Twitter or Facebook on any post about anything and you’ll realize everyone in America hates each other. It’s brutal.
I do it all the time. I find myself looking through some dumb shit someone said, and reading the absolutely insane back and forth from people and I want to jump in there. I want to tell people how stupid they are. How wrong they are about social issues.
And really, what the hell do I know? I don’t know your life. I don’t know your experience or your situation or where you live or who you are? I would be willing to bet that in 95% of cases if these people spent time together in person, the arguments would fizzle.
So that’s why I want to travel more. I want to experience life through the lens of the west, the east, the south. Mexico. Canada. Europe. Antarctica. Baltimore.
I want to road trip through the south. I want to fly to Paris and take a train across the continent. I want to drink tea in China. It floors me that everyone gets so mad at China. You think the lady running the Chinese tea shop gives a shift about the GDP? Doubt it.
Look, we all have our lives. We all have some kind of value in the fabric of humanity. We all have a different eyesight and perspective. I’m not perfect — far from it. I want people to see what I see when I look at issues. I want to talk to people. Everyone has an obligation to feel that way, I think. To be accepting of other actual human beings. Nothing ever got solved on social media. The Human Condition does not translate digitally. You owe it to yourself to travel.
So I think I’m going to make a decision. I hope my wife is okay with it. I want to pack up every summer and work remotely somewhere for a month. I can, with some finagling, do my job remotely for a short stretch like that. I could do it from San Diego, Sayulita, Berlin, Warsaw, Starbucks. And in that time I would learn some local words, some local customs, see how people live. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Everyone can’t do that, I know. Hell, can I? But the least we can do is find a cheap flight to somewhere we never thought we’d end up. And, if you can’t do that, the next best thing is read, read, read. Get out of your comfort zone. Read from the conservative perspective, the liberal perspective, other religions, other cultures. Expand your life experience and I can promise you that you’ll appreciate people in a whole new way.
This was a long ramble. If you enjoyed this piece, tell me where you want to go and why.