Expand Your World

There’s more to life than your own back yard.

I started subscribing to a couple of expats on YouTube last year and it’s had a beautiful impact on me. I’ve talked to people living in Italy, France, Finland, Germany… I’ve learned a lot about other countries in the past year. I’ve become more fascinated with other languages and cultures…what we have in common and what we do differently.

A while back I mentioned my desire to go to Europe to someone and got told it was too dangerous to be traveling over there. Um, it’s dangerous just being alive these days…right? So why worry?

With social media now, it’s so much easier to connect with others, not only across our vast country but also the other side of the world. I encourage you to connect with other people. Learn about other cultures. Learn another language. I’ve studied Spanish, Mandarin, and Italian.

People have asked why. Why do I waste my time with it? Why am I so interested?

Because I want more. I want to know more. I want to see more. I live in America, but my ancestry is not American. We’re not an old country. The majority of us are from European descent.

I want to expand my world. I want to see ancient Rome. I want to float in the Dead Sea. I want to stand in places my ancestors came from, like England and Germany.

I want to see the way others live because our way of living is not the only way. We seem to think the other cultures do weird things. Um, they were around before us. Think about that for a second…Maybe we are the weird ones. Maybe ice isn’t so common in summer drinks. Maybe peanut butter is not a common item in the pantry in a European household…😊 Maybe life isn’t meant to be lived in such a rush all the time. There’s so much to learn from other cultures.

I don’t think we were put on this Earth to stay in our own back yard.  I mean, aren’t we told “Go into all the world…”

I challenge you to learn something about another culture or start learning another language. What’s the first country that comes to your mind that you might want to visit or learn more about?

Be brave. Expand your world.





Author: Ashley

Midwest girl. Enjoying life with my husband.