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So many possibilities… so many ways to go…

November 19, 2012

I am a member of an Italian club at KU, and yesterday afternoon, we watched the Italian movie Benvenuti al Sud (Welcome to the South) together. The movie is about a guy who gets transferred to a town in Southern Italy for work and takes a comedic look at stereotypes as it contrasts the two regions.

I know it was just a movie, but watching it gave me even more of a desire to travel the world and to see how others live. I mean, of course my month studying abroad gave me a glimpse at that, but I have definitely been bitten by the travel bug.

I’m very grateful for the opportunities I have had to go places in my life, but greedily, I yearn to go to more. I’d never do this, but the idea of taking a year off to travel and see the world seems so appealing sometimes. Traveling, seeing the world, telling people’s stories – that’d be legit.

Now I’m sitting here, and the naïve part of my 19-year-old brain is kicking in. It’s saying: “People always put off the things they dream of doing; you get breaks in school – why wait? Besides the money issue, what’s stopping you?” I’ve seen enough episodes of Grey’s Anatomy in my day to know I do not want to suddenly start traveling – and living, for that matter – after receiving an expiration date.

I have many desires. Many big, extraordinary, far-fetched desires. In our second grade music program, we sang about having “big, big dreams, lots of big dreams.” Mrs. Tinsley need not worry, for my dreams are plenty big. So big, in fact, that I am hesitant to talk about them seriously with anyone. I’ll casually mention something, but not in a way that makes it seem like I’m seriously considering pursuing something that big. I need to stop that and start owning my big, big dreams, for they excite me and should excite those around me who care about me.

But anyway, that naïve part of my brain keeps making me think about the world and how massive it is and how there’s so much I want to see and do. It’s the reason for my travel bucket list and big dreams and idea that I can do anything if I want it badly enough. And there’s no rule that says I can’t take time to travel and tell stories if I decide I’m at the proper point in my life to do that. Because really, what’s stopping me? Niente.

I think that naïve part of my brain may be the smartest part. Yeah, yeah, it’s naïve, but it gives me a reason to make my life well lived instead of… well… lived.

So I don’t really know what the point of this blog post is. I didn’t learn any life lessons from Benvenuti al Sud or anything; I just know I’d like to see how people around the world live and what they care about because the people in the movie lived completely differently than anyone I know does.

And lastly, my trip to Italy expanded my horizons, opened my eyes and gave me a new perspective on the world. I think about that regularly and relate it to how I view things in my life now. It’s definitely changed me in terms of what I want out of life, and it’s made me think about the world differently. I mean, of course before that trip, I knew things went on and people lived in other parts of the world, but I never really conceived of it (this notion is hard to explain). But now that I can see a broader view of the world, I want to see an even broader one and learn more about everyone and everything.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

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