You’ll Never Know Until You Know
We can sit in our living room and watch the news and judge everyone in every other country around the world based upon whet we know – but until we know what they know we will never really know why they do what they do.
So it ain’t over till it’s over, so I would make this suggest to everyone I know – get on a plane and go somewhere and live like the locals – your understanding and appreciation of the world will skyrocket!
To learn more about the benefits of cultural immersion read the article below:
5 Reasons Why Experiencing Culture Shock is Good for You
Written by AIESEC Canada March 29, 2013
How to make the best of an overwhelming experience.
When you talk to seniors about their memories and life experiences, most of them would tell you that some of their most beautiful and meaningful moments occurred when they stepped outside of their comfort zone.
As busy adults, we tend to slip into monotony and routine far too easily. Traveling to a foreign country is one of the best ways to step outside your established comfort zone. There are so many people who dream about traveling and living abroad, yet many of them fail to realize that dream. The fear of facing unfamiliarity and experiencing culture shock deters many from starting their journey.
Culture shock can be best described as emotional disorientation characterized by feelings of shock and anxiety. It occurs when you are placed in a foreign environment far away from your hometown, family, and friends. Most people experience a degree of homesickness and distress at the start of their travels. Being exposed to a different language, sights, smells, people, and an entirely new culture can be both an exhilarating and overwhelming experience.
Although the majority of people who travel abroad experience a degree of culture shock, it is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, experiencing culture shock is a very positive thing, especially during young adulthood, because it gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself, teaches you how to think on your feet and adapt, and presents you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, and then emerge as a global citizen.
Here are five reasons for why experiencing culture shock is actually good for you:
1. Experiencing culture shock will shape your personality significantly by teaching you to trust your gut, survive during periods of loneliness and unfamiliarity, and develop a thicker skin.
People experience tremendous personal growth when they are facing vulnerability. Yes, being in an unfamiliar environment can be scary, uncomfortable, and confusing. However, those moments shape who you are as a person by…
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