Traveling is a Gift
Years ago someone I know had recently sold their company. He was still quite young (under 30) and didn’t come from a family with a lot of extra income. My advice to him was travel. That is one of the biggest gifts that money can afford. Reality is travel has become the norm not an exclusive opportunity. He took me up on that advice and years later told my daughter is was the best advice he ever got.
We walked through the streets of Paris on June 21st, the longest day of the year, where the entire city celebrates with live music everywhere. It was our last night of this trip. The sun doesn’t set until 1030. It is just another added bonus that makes Paris magical. Everyone is out. Kids, teens, parents, grandparents, and everyone of all ages.
What rings true is that although we might all live in different locations around the globe, we have become a global world through social media. It has transformed our connections. You might not be able to afford a ticket to Paris or Seattle or Bangkok but you can go there on social media in pictures, in stories, and even in conversations.
At the core of life, we all want the same thing. Good friends, family, a roof over our heads, food on the table, something to get up to every morning that energizes us as well as to feel comfort.
What is happening in the global world being run by crazy ego maniac power mongers is a big disconnect between what happens on the streets. We are seeing that shift take place in Hong Kong when the amount of people that went to the streets to protest against China was monumental. We are seeing it more women run for office everywhere. People are leaving places in droves where there is war and war lords because they can’t feed their families and there is no hope. They aren’t leaving because they want to just leave.
We should be helping those countries under destruction educate their people and create a place of hope so that they can stay in their homes where they have a support system of family and friends. It is where the majority of them truly want to be. It is our responsibility as one of the wealthiest countries in the world to help those countries help themselves. It is no different than financially successful people have a responsibility to give back and help others be it social programs, art institutions, local charities or medical studies. Private public funding has been part of our culture as far back as we can remember. It is up to the ones who have the most to give back to the ones who don’t. That philanthropic mindset is one that is taught in American schools from nursery school. Give back, raise money through a lemonade stand or a bake sale to make a difference for others.
Walking through the streets of Paris these past few weeks and reading the angry tweets from our President gave me anxiety, anger and sadness. How did we get here and how do we move forward? We should embrace being a global world. If we did, then perhaps traveling to countries around the globe we would discover and celebrate those different cultures that are not that different from our own. They just happen to be living on different lands with different languages, religions and lives but at the end of the day, we all just want the same thing which is peace among the comfort of family and friends.