New discoveries are always very exciting. Most of the time they inspire to new insights and ideas. Therefore I often find myself looking for excitement and adventure to make these new discoveries. While doing so I am forgetting about the very treasures right in front of me. Why is it that I partly feel a need to travel to a new continent and foreign cultures, when I have so much history, culture and stories just in my neighborhood? This thought has kept growing within and I have to face how little I know about my local community. It is easy and exciting to travel the world for discoveries but not so tempting to explore already known places.
I am convinced that there are still plenty to learn and do in our communities. Just as I think there are interesting people around the globe, I am sure that there are several interesting people with amazing stories to tell, just across the street – If we only take the time to listen.
I often hear about the importance of understanding our environment and to know what assets we have in nature. It could be crucial to know about the plants around us ; what we can use them for, what plants/berries we can eat and how they affect us. Thinking about it, I realize how little I actually know about my surrounding including people, history, culture and nature. I could probably not name or explain half of the plants I see just on my way to work. When it comes down to it, I would most likely be doomed without electricity or a refrigerator.
What if we could use the same curiosity and desire to learn when meeting the old man from across the street or when looking at a tree as when I am hiking in a new country. Surrounded by people who look very different from me awakens curiosity and questions. But we all have a story. What if we could bring out that innovation and curiosity in any environment? I wonder what would happen in life if I could start listening with greater interest to the stories around me, understanding my community better, instead of chasing the perfect story around the world.