Mine was traveling to Europe for the first time at 13 years old.

Drinks came without ice. We had three changes in currency in three days going from Switzerland to Germany to Austria. American food was translated to mean cook in a lot of greases. Languages changed as fast as the currency changed.

All in all, it translated into my mind to see how different we all could be and how we could be the same. I realized that what I grew up with isn’t the standard, it is just my norm. My norm doesn’t mean if others in the world don’t do it, that is “odd”.

After that trip, I started to look at how we can improve what we have by learning and observing other people and other cultures. That shift has stayed with me my whole life.

What event shifted your thinking?

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