Bastille Day, the French equivalent to the Fourth of July, is always a favorite of mine, not because I celebrate it but because it gives me an excuse to feel like I’m having a holiday, or at least extending Fourth of July. In fact, I really like foreign holidays, mostly because they are a fresh reminder of how big the world really is.
I’ve seen London, and I’ve seen France, and what such travels do is make my heart dance. Diversity doesn’t stop at just other worlds and other cultures, we have a wealth of diversity at our fingertips everyday in the melting pot that is America, and my question for you today is whether or not you are dancing along. One of my favorite quotes about travel isn’t just applicable to travel, but can be enriched in relation to change and diversity in general. Miriam Beard praises travel (and I add diversity), for “travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Happy Bastille Day France, enjoy your day and merci for keeping my mind open on my own ideas of living. Let us all learn something new today from an unlikely source, and let us savor these deep and permanent changes that shape our perception of the world.