Which leads me to my following point — despite all that, I am determined to not let such factors impede me from doing what I want and what speaks to me, and you shouldn’t either. If you truly want to do something, why should the prospect of doing it alone be an obstacle to your will? In the end, the connection you have with that object or goal is the most important. I witnessed a pretty cool example of this while attending a Tube & Berger gig in a club in France. Upon surveying the room, I became cognizant of many people at the event who appeared to be by themselves — just vibing out to the music, drink in hand, not a care in the world. Maybe it’s more acceptable to roll up to a club event solo in France (or Europe in general) because the club culture is different; regardless, a considerable number of people were clearly there just for the music, and I was filled with respect for them. It contributed to an unforgettable atmosphere, too — one in which music, and not shameless photo-taking or bottle service was the concern of everyone in the room.
Many people complain about how immigration is changing the cultural landscape of their country. In America, a country founded by immigrants relatively recently, this is ridiculous. But it’s ridiculous everywhere: in a sense, the world is a country of immigrants. Borders can be seen as a kind of top-down attempt to inhibit movement in order to preserve resources, but people have always moved. The ebb and flow of populations is the heartbeat of human civilization.