Saturday, April 9, 2016
Houston, we have an unplanned holiday #AToZChallenge
Nothing makes me happier than being on vacation. Sometimes my vacation is just sleeping in on a Sunday and reading the newspaper, or drinking coffee at 2AM. I will look to forward holidays, forever. Plans or not, I look out for a break from the routine, who doesnt?
Just last week, husband dear and I went on a biking trip, no plans, just on the spur of the moment decision. It was one of the best things to happen in the last few weeks! While I was at home one weekend I realised that a long weekend was due in the next couple of weeks. The 25th of May was Memorial day and we had no real plans, but if I were to listen to everyone around me, we were the only people who had no plans for the long weekend, so.... We made a plan. We decided to go to New York.. It sounded like a plan, some roaming around, some good food doing some New York things, but just a week before, we decided to go in the exact opposite directions and discover parts of Pennslyvania. We went to places like Hershey, Indian Caverns and some more fantastic places along the way. Our plans of going directly to Hershey changed when our friends suggested we go to a firework display a few miles from home.. Oh the joy! I've never grinned so hard in my life. This is where I had an amazing experience, while i was lost amongst the 500 colours, I didn't notice that I had lost one of my earrings. It was a special pair so i started looking for it frantically. Out of no where a nice lady volunteered her phone to look for it, she joined the search party and consoled me when I finally gave up on my search. She had no reason to be nice to me. (I found the earrings eventually and when I ran back to tell her, she hugged me and told me that she loves her earrings and she gets emotional about them.) She took 5 minutes of her time exclusively to be nice to me.
Later we drove to Hershey and man! That's chocolate heaven if there was any. While I was too busy enjoying the chocolate headquaters something rather unsavory happened. We were coming out of the Hershey theme park, when we encountered a racist idiot who said something mean (mostly on the lines of how I was a freeloader) I was hurt, I was thrown a little off mostly because my entire experience so far had been absolutely amazing.
But my greatest lesson was not about racism, rather it was about a deep introspection about our own country. Are we free from bias? Do we treat everybody that we encounter with the respect they deserve? Do we atleast tolerate others choices if not celebrate them? I don't know if I can give answers that are least bit reassuring.
2 wildly different experiences only a few hours apart from each other. Surely, it wasn't a people problem. It was a person problem. With so many beautiful experiences across the US, I have no intention of making this the an example about my experience, not at all. I don't want to say anything negative about any country. However, I want to think of this an an invitation to consider our own actions towards others. Every country is made beautiful only by its people and I see no reason why we shouldn't celebrate each other.