Preservation of Imagination
My two children were born late in my military career. Now that I retire soon, they won’t get the awesome lives of living in different countries. They won’t get to speak different languages and have french fries served to them with mayonnaise on the side. Well, they won’t get to do these things on Uncle Sam.
I moved around a lot as a child and of course in my Air Force career. I think the different places has had a huge impact on my imagination. It kept it healthy and active. I was curious about new people to meet, new places to see, learning new cultures, etc. I want my children to be exposed to different places and see how big the world is. They need to see how other people live and soak in other cultures. I know it’s going to shape them as adults.
Experiencing and embracing other cultures is what creates well-rounded people. That is the formula. That’s what it’s done for me. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to explore the world. I think my interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence are reflections of those experiences.
Exposure to different cultures has been good for my health. I can’t think of anything that’s had a more significant impact on my world view.
So me and the minis will travel. We’ll see things. We’ll meet new people and speak other languages. We’ll foods that make us frown. We’ll have stories to tell.