The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who recently returned from a trip around the world. I was so excited to hear all about her adventures because I too recently traveled abroad. I was asking the typical questions, what was the craziest thing that happened, what was your favorite place, what was your least favorite place, etc.. I was quite surprised when her least favorite place happened to be my favorite place. What could have gone so terribly wrong that made our experiences the exact opposite?! I immediately attributed her experience to a lack of cultural awareness, she must have broken cultural norms to make people so rude. NOPE, she did everything as she was supposed to. So what’s the deal? Well quite frankly, theirs a stereotype out there called the ‘Ugly American’. Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. But for those of you who are unfamiliar, the preconceived notion is this. Americans drink too much, they’re fake & they think they’re better than everyone else.
Let me stop you right there, this idea of Americans DOES NOT represent the Country as a whole! Don’t get me wrong I’m sure theirs many Americans who fit that description to a tee. However, theirs also many Europeans, Asians, Africans, Australians, Latinos & so forth who also fit this stereotype. The fact of the matter is, America is put on such a global spotlight, theirs oftentimes harsh criticism that accompanies Americans.
This post isn’t meant to rank continents or countries, rather it’s meant to dispel any preconceived notions. The fact of the matter is we all inhabit this beautiful planet together, regardless of race or religion we should accept one another’s differences & explore it together. Take time out of your day to make friends with a stranger, step outside your comfort zone. Write down your Bucket List & do everything you can to knock every item off it.