Citizens of the World

Last night while I was out and about around Washington, D.C., I had the great fortune of meeting my driver through a fairly popular transportation app.  As we made our way through Penn-Quarter, he began to tell me that he was from Afghanistan, but came to the U.S. as a refuge years ago.  We began talking about world travel, how he went to college in India, traveled through Dubai and Europe, the cold weather of Kazakhstan and Canada, how he tried to become a Bollywood actor without fluently knowing Hindi, and how he loves the opportunities each day gives him.  He had many adventures, but is ready for all the adventures yet to come.  In return, I told him how my grandfather once resettled our family in Nepal for a work opportunity and it became some of the best years of my uncle’s and aunt’s childhoods, how I was born and raised in D.C., of my best memories traveling through Russia and Spain, and what the air along a Mediterranean island tastes like at sunset.

For once, I was happy my ride home took longer than usual.

If you are anything like me, you have a long list of places you want to visit, experience, and learn from.  I hope you add to that list as much as you cross things off from it.
 
The world is full of endless adventure.  You don’t have to use a passport to find it, but you have to be open to life to experience it.
 
Every inch of this planet is waiting for your footstep, waiting for your senses to embrace it.  Every moment of your life is waiting for you.

 

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