The novel I finished yesterday described one of the characters as “the kind of man who would find his place anywhere because of how he interpreted the world.” He was the kind of man who saw the world not as a system of barriers but rather a place of common ground, a man with an openness to the world, an openness to the unfamiliar, a man who welcomed the unknown.
This made me think of people I know and how they react, to where they want to travel, if at all, to what they desire to explore, to know. Many of my friends travel little and rarely, if ever, outside the United States. Others, like me, desire to visit places and cultures totally different, unfamiliar, to “know” the unknown.
This lead me to question how these two different types of people come to be. In my case perhaps it started with family road trips, the earliest of which occurred when I was three and my dad drove from northwest Missouri all the way to Monterey, Mexico, and back. I still love road trips.
Which kind of person are you? Why? Is it upbringing, heredity, environment?