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Friday, 24 October 2008

You Are Very Worldly

You're an international jet setter - or pretty darn close. And while you may feel like you have many more places to visit ... Most people live their whole lives without seeing what you've seen. In fact, you're probably going to be travelling again soon. So Bon Voyage!

Blogthings, clever as they are, is obviously written by a North American for the predominantly US market, so I find myself thinking (somewhat unkindly, but probably fairly truthfully), that compared to the "Average American", perhaps I would appear like an "international jet setter", merely if I held a passport and had set foot outside the country at all.

On this side of the pond, this is not really an accomplishment, of course.

Those of us who speak or can get by in more than a couple of languages and, who have lived abroad (outside of an organized assignment and, in my own case as a rare, single woman), probably count as worldly anywhere.

I don't feel like that in the slightest and I'm capable of map reading, so I know I've hardly seen anything of the world, but I'm also painfully aware that it's true; "Most people live their whole lives without seeing what you've seen." Sad.

If you haven't, remember the Twain quote that persuaded me to "go for it":

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

How Worldly Are You?

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