“You guys want to go to London for our summer vacation?”
That was never a question asked my in house. Shucks, I’m not sure we ever took a family vacation, let alone travel across the world.
Yet, the lack of global traveling wasn’t because my parents were cruel and negligent. They were hard workers, legal-hustlers, good people.
Seeing the world just wasn’t ever a part of the dinner time discussion.
I’ve been in China now for roughly two months and I keep saying, “man, I NEVER thought I would be in China!”
Growing up I loved sports.
I wanted to obtain a good job(after I realized my prayer of being taller than 6’1 wasn’t really going to come through and sports would only be recreational), marry a pretty girl who shaved her legs more frequently than she washed behind her knees. I figured I’d live in the state I went to college or move to a state with a strong job opportunity. We’d settle there, have three daughters and vow to never put a “isha”, “ika” or “que” in their names. We’d grow old there, be well-respected in the community and own a barbershop named ” D’s Cutz”.
My worldview, at the time, didn’t see myself ever actually exploring the “world”.
I’d make a bold prediction and say, neither does yours.
Last year, I asked a third grade student, in a financially-struggling community, to tell me what state he lived in. He told me the city. I asked him what country did he live in. He told me the state. He said he had never heard of Canada!
Maybe it’s me but desiring to see the world we live in, isn’t being pushed, promoted, encouraged in these times; at least not like the concept of finding a good job, stacking money and getting some status.
Now, let me stop and say that if you’ve got a good job and a great family and are loving life in the city that you grew up in and have a daughter named Tanika, Tanisha or Tanique, I’m happy for you.
All I’m saying is that: this globe is far bigger than you could imagine.
It’s far bigger than I could imagine.
There are cultures bubbling with traditions unfathomable to a country fried steak-eating southerner. There are places on this globe with food so exotic and different that after attempting to plow through their buffet, your taste buds would be screaming for SPAM.
The other day I’m pretty sure we accidentally walked into a butcher shop. There were cages full of ducks, chickens, cats and geese, all staring at me, as we walked by. Their stares pierced into my soul and I could tell that they wanted to whisper, “save me bro. I haven’t seem my brother in six days and I don’t think he is coming back.”
I couldn’t observe that image in the sweet land of America.
The fact that there were over six hundred men and women,in downtown Shanghai, outside in the streets, dancing to 12 different songs, simultaneously, at 9:30pm, on a Wednesday night, rocks my world.
Have you ever thought, “I wonder what the fine people in Uruguay are doing right now?”
Have you ever pondered, “I wonder if the sweet people in Estonia enjoy ‘Scandal’ as much as I do?”
Have you ever fathomed, “I wonder if the great land of Angola hopes that tall tees and jersey dresses come back in style soon?”
This world is too grand to go unexplored. So don’t let it.
Save, plan and just take a risk.
Whatever country you’re reading this in, it’ll be there when you get back.
What country have you always wanted to visit and why?