We are humans on a life long journey. Our quest which is full of ups and down. At some point in our lives we come across a simple question: “What is my purpose in life?” This question haunts most people for their entire lives. Some go out to discover their life’s purpose through various mediums.
I have turned this question over in my mind for a long time. I have to make choices to discover my path and I have to find the answer. I may not be able to find the answer, but I have to at least try.
The best way for me to explore is by travelling. I have to travel with a purpose and where I can test my limits and my abilities, where I can learn about the thought process of the people. The exchange of ideas and culture is very important to me.
Sometimes the answers are right in front of us, but because of our daily routine we are incapable of seeing them. At times we find the answers by talking to new people, or we find the answer when we express our dignity through new mediums.
This only happens when you have a never-ending curiosity to explore yourself. “Culture” plays one of the most important roles in guiding us toward our unique purpose in life. Our own culture defines us but other cultures can aid us in discovering truths about ourselves.
This is why cross–cultural activities are so important. Going to an exchange program at school or university can help us to discover our abilities and strengths. The new living conditions, people and learning about their culture grants insight into their way of living, and also into our own way of living.
There is an unseen connection between cross – cultural activities and human dignity which most of us are unaware of. Learning about a particular culture facilitates an understanding of the dignity of the people from that culture.
From a simple smile to a long friendship, we travel in our understanding of another culture to an understanding of the inherent dignity of the people in that culture. This is key to the process of discovering ourselves.
By Aashay Umratkar, an intern at the WYA Asia Pacific office