I grew up with hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest as my backyard. Every free moment I had as a child was spent climbing trees and mountains, hiking and swimming in the river behind our families cabin. So I guess exploring the world around me has been engrained in my DNA since I was a child.
I need open spaces, fresh air, and most importantly some discomfort. So much of our modern lives are focused on maximizing our comfort. A little discomfort makes you appreciate the things that you have taken for granted.
Some of the best, honest, and real conversations I have had have been over a glass of whiskey next to a campfire. I think people are more open and honest when they aren’t distracted by the television or the smartphones and they are surrounded by the peace of the natural creation.
Immersing oneself in another culture opens your mind to new ways of thinking and problem solving. If you live in your own little bubble surrounded by people who agree with your politics and philosophy, you become close minded and arrogant.
So get outside, leave the chaos of the city behind, explore somewhere new, make friends with someone new, and seek out discomfort - it will stretch you and mold you into a better person.
"Immersing oneself in another culture opens your mind to new ways of thinking and problem solving."