“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
By Mark Twain, quoted in Adventure.com (and picked up by The Week magazine).
Meeting immigrant hopefuls at the Mexican/U.S. boarder, traveling through India and Africa; these are experiences that I have been fortunate enough to have and which have broadened my perspective on the world. They influence how I see things now, and I am so grateful.
But even far simpler travel gets us outside of our zone of habit and connecting with those who we do not usually interact with. On my two flights coming back from my recent trip I met two fascinating individuals who live in worlds I know little about. It was really interesting to learn just a little bit about their world and it broadens my perspective. One is a gamer. Big time – it’s his full time job. He works from home and has been spending 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, getting paid to play a game that others watch him play. To be honest, he actually fit right into my stereotype about gamers….but it was still interesting to learn a bit about that world.
Many of us travel to different races. I suppose living in a small town that is only accessible by plane or boat, we may travel further for races, but any event is likely to get one out of their normal routine and meeting some new people. Yes, there are many who will be ‘like us’, or it may seem that way. But under the surface, everyone has faced different challenges to get to the start line. And on the way, who knows who we may encounter.
And after or before a race, it might be a good time to explore a little more and meet some new people. In today’s world, wouldn’t it be great to bring a little more connection.