This week I had a visit from a new country. No, not a country that just came into existence. I mean, I got a visit that WP shows came from a country from which I have not had a previous visit. Hmmm, did that come out right? Anyway, it was Mongolia. I usually use Mongolia as an example of someplace that is relatively inaccessible, like the data that is replicating across 2500 servers in 180 countries I might say, “So, it will most likely be available in DC before, say, Outer Mongolia, right?” I do not mean any disrespect for that country, just that it isn’t as accessible to me as Canada or France. And yet it is. It is just a click away and someone from there did click and landed here, in “Trent’s World”.
In my life I have met people, face to face, from all over the world. I’ve traveled a little. I went to a huge university with a large “foreign” population (Ohio State University). I worked as a councilor at a camp that had people from the far reaches of the globe. On and on, I’ve met people from all over.
But it’s different on line.
I chat with people who aren’t just from over the horizon, they are actually there now, as we speak. Some are from cultures that are very similar to mine, some from those that are a little different. There are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, atheists, agnostics and who knows what else. There are people with every skin color a human can have. Many speak languages other than English as their first language. But do you know what? They are all just like me. They are humans, with the same wants, dreams and wishes.
I’m sorry, I said “they” when I should say “you”. You, the people from around this crazy world who happen to somehow land in this little corner of the Internet that I call “Trent’s World”.
And seeing you all, getting to know you, bonding over our similarities while celebrating our differences, that makes me smile :)