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The Places You Will Go L ast month, I traveled outside of the United States for the first time since I was a child. I spent some time in Ireland, and it was such a wonderful experience. My eyes were opened to a very different culture, and I developed an appreciation for the wonderful ways of life of people who are five thousand miles away. Amazing Discoveries in Ireland
“People, no matter where they are from, are really no different than us.”
One thing I noticed early on about Ireland is that they use very little plastic, so the streets, public meeting places (aka the pubs), restrooms, and countryside were all much cleaner. It really made a difference, especially in the countryside where you’re surrounded by beautiful rolling green hills. Though the country itself was beautiful, it was the people who captured my heart. The people I met in Ireland were very friendly and helpful. At one point, three different gentlemen helped me with my luggage when I was struggling in 50 mph winds. I refused their help at first, but I soon realized they truly wanted to help me. I would encounter this type of helpfulness wherever we went. Their genuine kindness amazed me. I felt welcomed and encouraged to learn more about these people and their culture. My adventures in Ireland have given me an urge to travel more. Being able to travel is so important, especially for seniors. Traveling has been shown to help seniors stay active and lower their risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and many other diseases. Exploring new places can also help improve your mood and your overall outlook on life. Most importantly, travel stimulates your brain as you encounter new people, places, and cultures.
No matter your age, traveling is also important for expanding your world and who you are as a person. As Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” This is so true. People, no matter where they are from, are really no different than us. They may speak a different dialect, but the universal language is ever so present. We all want connections with our family and friends, relationships that fulfill us, good health, and a better world for our children. No matter our differences, at our core, we are all very much the same. Sometimes, you have to travel thousands of miles away from home to remember that.
Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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