Everything starts with good intentions. On the weekly Twitter #RTWchat I was intrigued by the Indie 30 Art Project when it was mentioned. Initially, it seemed perfect for me, a daily prompt about travel – inspiration to produce a blog post, instagram photo, video or other artistic interpretation and share with the community. But the word “daily” got in the way, it started to weigh me down, the expectations, the almost work feel to it, so I printed the prompts and let them pile up here on my desk. So in the spirit of spring cleaning this weekend, I decided to group Week 1 Introduction prompts into one post and go from there (baby steps folks as I ignore that I should be on Week 3 with the rest of the group). I would love you to participate with me, pick a prompt below and comment on your view/experience/opinion.
A Changing World View – How has your view of the world changed because of travel?
My view of the world was initally formed from what I saw on television, read in newspapers, views of family & friends and from books until I traveled. Travel opened my mind up to so many different experiences, views and made me challenge much of my beliefs. Traveling allows me to watch news programs and read newspapers in other countries to get a different spin on the U.S. and the World. Most of the world doesn’t dislike Americans as we are led to believe, in my opinion people dislike our politics (heck, I’m apt to agree with them at times, I’m not a fan of our politics either) and how it affects their lives thousands of miles away but the folks I’ve met along the way can separate out the people and the government. What I’ve learned traveling is that we are all people first with the same wants and needs ideally – be successful, raise families, find happiness and be loved. Attending film festivals has also been an eye opener – I’ve seen amazing films, including fascinating documentaries, met directors and actors from many countries. No matter what language, the messages are the same – the people in all countries want to laugh, cry and share in the experiences of life, love and happiness.
Travel Origin – When did you get the travel itch?
My first international trip to London was during a college fall break over Thanksgiving in the late 80′s. I remember all of the “wow” moments and realizing how much I wanted to learn about new cultures firsthand. Being in London, the most important rule was “Look Left”. The internet didn’t exist then so I didn’t have pictures, blogs or research to help me – I had a heavy guidebook that I poured over trying to breathe in all of the data. I craved more knowledge of the world.