Wednesday, December 8, 2010
What is My Goal?
But, I really don't have a goal, a mission or a vision! That said, this is intentional on my part. I wanted to come to this experience without any pre-conceived expectations or items to check off my 'goal to-do list.' I wanted to be entirely open to whatever the experience brought to my doorstep. And I've tried very hard not to judge any of my experiences as good or bad. In my opinion, though, travel to other places, even places in your own country, opens up opportunities and possibilities that never would be opened up otherwise. And living in an 'other place' only expands on those possibilities. I love the way that living out of my comfort zone challenges me; it makes me alert and requires me to respond to life in ways that are new. It keeps my mind open and agile. I take nothing for granted, but appreciate everything that I can understand and even those things that I can't. I love the way my mind is stretched by living with the 'other,' the people who are different than me, who speak another language and who live life in a different way. While I'll never 'be' French, my time here has already provided me the opportunity to 'live' French. And I love how these months in France have already enriched my life with new friends, new experiences, new customs, new words, new things to laugh about. It's more than just viewing new tourist attractions; it's seeing life through the eyes of another culture and that makes my own culture deeper and richer. Jacky has traveled the world; I think he 'got' what I was saying Saturday night. I'm not sure that Michel 'got' it in translation. I'm not sure a lot of people would understand who haven't taken the leap of faith and stepped beyond the familiar boundaries of their lives. Maybe it's not something everyone needs to 'get.' In my opinion, though, it's very important for me.