Becoming a Global Citizen

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.

Volunteering at a school in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Volunteering at a school in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

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.

Tangier, Morocco

Tangier, Morocco

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.

Children in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Children in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

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.

Children in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Children in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

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. 

Tangier, Morocoo

Tangier, Morocco

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.

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14 responses to “Becoming a Global Citizen

  1. Thanks for sharing.

    “Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.” – Gotta love this. There is no greater joy than to interact with people from different cultures and grow wiser in the process.

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  3. “They are not offended or taken back by the fact that others do things in different ways.” << This. Although Spanish culture really isn’t that much different from American culture, whenever the volume of “inside voices,” eating schedule, etc. really start to bother me, I just remind myself that it’s just DIFFERENT and not necessarily WRONG (or rude, as often the case may be perceived).

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  5. You hit the nail on the head for sure. We never stop learning because we have unlimited potential and can always expand our lives. I think it’s hard to take that first step of getting out of your comfort zone, especially as Americans where we’re basically told that no country is safer than ours. But the truth is that wherever there are people. there is beauty, humanity, and wealth of knowledge to be gained.

    • Yes! You put this so elegantly. I completely agree with you. Plus, Americans are told that the US is basically the best country and that it has nothing to learn from other countries. I believe just the opposite. No matter what country you are from, you can always learn from other countries, even if they are”less developed” than the US.

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  7. I often get asked where I love and it is kind of a confusing statement. The truth is anywhere/everywhere. I kind of hope that more Americans start adopting the Global Citizen attitude and behaving accordingly.

    • I hope more Americans start adapting this way of thinking too. It’s sad that many don’t care about the world outside the small bubble they live in and things that only affect their daily life.

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