My personal assets map

Sowanders
Posted December 4, 2015 from Switzerland

I dream of a society that would focus on what unites us instead of what separates us. For that reason, I value all the communities, such as World Pulse (but there are many others) who work on bringing us together, or fight for our rights, like Amnesty International. I love that there are plateforms such as Couchsurfing, which is only a simple concept, but encourages people to put their fear of the unknown away and welcome strangers into their house, with no financial gain in it. Because in my perfect society, money wouldn't be important at all; in fact, there would be no money at all... I am also very glad to be part of the Open University; distance learning is a wonderful way to use technology for people to do things differently. I will hopefully soon create my own community that will also work to unite people in simple ways.

Being a traveller and having a very unstable lifestyle, what I have come to consider as "home" is within myself. I can expand my internal home to places I stay at, most of the time hostels, if I feel in a warm, friendly environment where I will not feel judge, which is the case most of the time. A good conversation with someone I just met but with whom I feel a connection feels like home to me. I like this about me, that I can adapt so easily wherever I go, and I rarely miss anything, because I know that the simple things I have (most of them hold in my backpack) are all I need. Being able to live all these experiences also allows me to grow everyday, and give a new perspective on things. If I ever feel down, I'll just find a nice spot in the nature with a beautiful view or close to animals and plants, and I'll reconnect with myself that way. Walking in the streets of a new, exciting place also has an incredibly positive effect on me.

I have the ability to express my thoughts and feelings with my writings, mostly in French, my main language, but also in English or Spanish. I believe that words can make a real difference and I want to use these skills to spread messages and touch people. I believe all forms of art have that capacity, and I love all of them. I am very passionate about some things, and I am ready to invest myself 100% in a cause I believe in, and to work hard to be able to maintain my current lifestyle. I'm also always ready to question myself and others, because I don't pretend to know it all; after all, I'm only 22. I want to learn from the world around me with an open mind, curiosity and empathy.

I am infinitely lucky to have very supportive friends and family who, even though they are far away, always send me their love and encouragements, and I value that inmensly. Since I have left, I have also received messages from people I barely know, or haven't seen in years, who tell me what I am doing is inspiring, and that touches me so much more that they will ever imagine. For that and all of the reasons above, I feel very grateful.

And maybe the best resource that every single person has on this planet, is that tomorrow is a new day, and life always goes on despite everything, with its load of new opportunities. That is beautiful.

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Bernadette Muyomi
Dec 05, 2015
Dec 05, 2015

This is a wonderful read. In my previous work, I used to travel to different countries in Africa. Nothing humbled me like feeling at home or easy far away  from my physical home. It made me appreciate humanity more and realize that when all is said and done, there are things that bring people together to bond even when they have never met before.

rhania bensafia
Dec 05, 2015
Dec 05, 2015

Bonjour

I am french my self and found myself inspire by your journey. I am like you an idealist and I believe that the work start within ourself and how we view the world. I like you believe in peace in no border no frontier no money no war a peaceful  world, I believe  like you that we should embrace everything around usThis is "peace " to me and it is a beautiful thing.

I believe like you that words are making a difference and sometime our wish become reality a better world and you are making a differenceevery day in your journey.

Raquel Daniel
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 06, 2015

It is great to hear from you Sowanders......

I haven't travelled too far from Nigeria but it is something I really would love to do. So welldone!!

Most of us have families who support our work and it is a blessing. It is good to know that the people you care about really are in support of the work you do. I look forward to reading more from you.

Lori
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 06, 2015

It's great to read your about where you are coming from, Sowanders. I love that you adapt easily while you travel (so essential if you want to stay on the road!) and that you are not afraid to admit that you don't know everything. Who does? ;-) All the best on your adventures.

Leslie Stoupas
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

Thank you for sharing your spirit with us, Sowanders! Your essay is a great reminder that one of our best assets as a species is in our relationships with each other. Inclusion, not exclusion, is the way to move forward together. You demonstrate this wonderfully! Leslie

KatJP
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

Thanks, Sowanders, for sharing your words with us! Your positivity shines through your writing, and I think that is also a great asset to add to the list. It's so wonderful that you can feel at home anywhere, connecting to anyone. It's clear that community and connection are very important to you. What does empathy and having an open mind mean to you? It sounds like you're doing it every day! I'm looking forward to you creating your own community! You have our support, too.

Kat

Kathleen

Sowanders
Jan 07, 2016
Jan 07, 2016

Thank you so much for your warm messages :)))  I am so happy to be a part of such a great community. All your words really touch me and motivate me. 

I launched my community today, if your interested, there's the website: http://bettertogether.link and the fb page and group: https://www.facebook.com/sobettertogether/  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1030441643672884/Thank you again my friends, let's keep up with the good vibes! :D  Much love

Sophie