Look at my collection of experiences,
Hear about the little things I love.
I will tell you about my family and friends,
my colleagues and people I’ve heard about;
I will tell you about my hobbies,
the books I’ve read, the films I’ve watched.
I drew a painting once!
I have travelled. I know bits of history and art.
I had a past. Things changed since then,
now I’m thinking about the future..
I have strong ideas, I believe in ideals.
I bet you nobody shares this collection of things, because it’s
Come along, let me show you my beautiful little mind
Time is the most powerful force in the universe;
for without time, we would not learn and we would not forget.
We pay the price of ageing, a generous currency.
Manage so that this currency does not depreciate,
but becomes more and more valuable with time.
That is then, a good deal!
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
This quote from an ambiguous ancient source (credited to Socrates but more likely uttered by Diogenis) has quite a wide range of interpretations.
To me it means that you are neither bound by nor entitled to your “national heritage”. Some attributes you acquire without choice or much thought. If you subtract those attributes from yourself (not permanently; you may wish to claim them back), you are free to discover your own self, make your choices and contributions to humanity. There is no better way to achieve this than by travelling…