The term global citizen isn’t the most commonly used term around, but I believe it’s something that’s extremely important and something that everyone should become. A global citizen is someone who understands, appreciates, and respects all people and cultures of the world.
They are not offended or taken back by the fact that others do things in different ways. When people are put out of their comfort zone, they often can be taken back by what they experience. I know so many people who don’t want to step outside of their daily lives where there’s even a slight possibility that something unexpected might happen. Experiencing things out of the ordinary and unexpected, especially if they are in an unfamiliar situation with culturally different people and perhaps even in a different language, can only allow you to grow as a person. Everyone does things in different ways and learning to accept that, experience it, and educate others that everything is done differently all over the globe and that there is no right or wrong way is important.
They accept that everyone is different and that without differences in this world it would be a dull and boring place. I know it’s been said over and over, but truly what if everyone was the same? The world would be boring and dull, just like the Doldrums in the Phantom Tollbooth (a great book if you’re looking for a good read). Learning and helping others learn to appreciate people’s differences is a large key to becoming a global citizen. These could be small or large differences. In understanding that, we can only become better and more importantly happier.
They are educated on cultural differences and strive to educated others on those differences. Not only is a global citizen educated on differences, but they are constantly trying to educate others. They don’t just accept that fact that some people are ignorant and stuck in their ways. They know that if those people are educated on differences it will only help us all. Not everyone can travel the world and have the experiences that some of us do. However, with education these people who are not afforded opportunities can still learn about other cultures and be tolerant of the differences that exist in this world.
They are always trying to do more to broaden and deepen their experiences, so that they have a better understanding of the world themselves. Along with everything else, global citizens are always trying to expand on their past experiences and current knowledge. They want to know more about the world and all it has offer. This can be done by visiting places and interacting with the people there or by simply researching your questions about other cultures, traditions, languages, food, religions, etc. By broadening your own experiences, you will better be able to go out into the world to educate others and become a better person yourself.
Do things that scare you. Go to places where you feel uncomfortable. Be nervous. Feel uneasy. You will only be better because of it.
While I consider myself a global citizen, as I’m sure many others do, yet I know that I have a long way to go to become the best one I can be. I never want to stop learning and educating others. I’m always striving to new experiences in new situations with new people. The more we all experience, the more we all can learn and grow.
I don’t know of anyone who has never learned anything from traveling and having new experiences. Someone once said “Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.” Anyone who has traveled can certainly attest to this.
Therefore, I encourage and challenge you to go out and experience all the world has to offer, learn from your experiences, help others learn, and go encourage them to experience everything they can.
This is challenge I’ve accepted, and I encourage everyone to do the same.