I want to take a moment to talk about goals. Specifically personal goals I have for D:E and where I want it to go, in the long run. It’s actually based on a lot of stuff I’m going through lately, but also on little consistencies I’ve been noticing with Americans in general.
I come from a hometown where going against the status quo is highly discouraged. People who don’t realize that the American dream is a lie that’s been fed to us since birth. The majority of people in that city never even leave that city except to go on a short vacation every once in awhile, and it’s almost never to another country because they’re honestly too scared. With the media the way it is in America, why wouldn’t they be? Our news focuses on the bad, never highlights the good.
I have a vision in mind for what I want this to become, and I am starting to look at it from a business standpoint. I want to teach people that the world isn’t such a scary place. I want people who are discouraged from seeing the world to know that it’s okay out in the real world and no place is as dangerous as they say it is. I am a firm believer that in order to understand what’s going on in the world, you must first see the world. Not through pictures, and certainly not through Fox news… but firsthand. Firsthand experience is really the only way to learn anything, the world is no exception.
Times are changing like the tides and too many people are living in the past. I can’t pinpoint when America became so close minded to the rest of the world, if it’s fear of 9/11 2.0 or what… but it really has to change. It’s a big task… definitely one I can’t take on alone, but I am committed to making people see other cultures and all the possibilities the world has to offer. I am tired of seeing all the negativity and people telling me to not go places because “it’s too dangerous” or “I’ll get robbed or killed.” People here get all their information from whatever the media says, and that’s simply not the reality.
I also want to educate people that travel is NOT exclusively for the rich. Yes, people with a lot of money have an easier time with it, but there are SO MANY resources out there that make it more than possible to travel on the cheap. If you’re open minded and you look, the opportunities are there.
And more than that, I want to inspire other people from disadvantaged backgrounds to live their fullest life. Whether they feel held back by their family or where they live… you don’t have to go through life just existing. You deserve to live the life you want and be happy, whether it be through traveling or some other method. To be able to really live and have your dreams within reach, it’s the most empowering feeling in the world. I want everyone to be able to have that sense of empowerment.
It might not be easy, but it will so be worth it.