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The Traveler

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Alex Schrader


     When I was much younger, many things appeared to be stressful obstacles that I knew one day I would have to overcome or be forced to overcome.  I considered these obstacles to be walls or “borders” -- borders that stood in the way of my growth and personal happiness.
     As I grew older, these borders came to be more clearly defined…

      There were three main borders in the way of any obstacle I faced.  The first was financial.  Financial borders are very difficult to overcome, but not impossible.  For instance there are ways to travel abroad (if that is your interest) that do not require much currency.  They only require your time, like applying for a job at an International Company, going to an overseas University, joining a Foreign Exchange Program or enlisting in your countries military.  Any of these ways will enable you to see the world and seek new potential opportunities.  What you do with those opportunities is, of course, up to you.  I should know, I have taken advantage of each of these opportunities.  At 14, I spent a semester abroad studying in Grenoble, France.  At 18, I enlisted in the US Army and traveled to both Europe and Asia and saw many parts of the United States that I would have not normally had the opportunity to see.  As an adult I worked with our Publisher, Dr. Harry Hwang, on several business projects in Seoul, Korea and Phnom Penh, Cambodia and I also directed my first film in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
     Oh… about currency.  One day soon (and that day may have already come) you will be able to purchase a piece of property of your choice in a country of your choice using Bitcoin or any of the top-ten cryptocurrencies.  The idea of exchanging a Dollar for a Pound or a Euro or a Riyal will be quite novel and only for seasoned Nationalists.  The purpose of a Country may be to simply… levy taxes on purchases, products, and capital gains on investments.
     The second border is psychological.  Psychological borders in their own way are difficult to overcome.  All of us have a fear of the unknown.  All of us have a fear of failure. Some of us have a fear of things that are new or different.
     That’s ok…

     Just remember, psychological borders only carry power at that point where you have the least amount of knowledge or when you are at your weakest.  Everybody has anxiety the first day at University, or the first day on the job, or when they land in a new country.  My Mother did NOT speak a word of English when she landed in South Carolina in the late 1950’s at the age of 19 when she was my Father’s fiancé.  She learned how to speak by watching popular soap operas of the day like “As the world turns.”  The more comfortability with the language she had, the more her fears subsided.
     The last main obstacle is emotional.  Human beings are emotional creatures.  When my Father was a teenager he longed for worldly adventures and achieved them by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, which took him to the nation of Guatemala, where as a personal bodyguard of the Ambassador he saw a lovely girl (my Mother) working in the Library of Congress.  Besides the fact that she came from a well-connected, political family, he also had another big problem…
      He couldn’t speak a word of Spanish.
      But he really wanted to meet her.
      So ask yourself this question?  Is there really such a thing as a border…? 

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