We’ve now been on this travel journey for over 6 months. We’ve travelled through North America to Japan and then throughout Southeast Asia. Currently, we are in the South Pacific and travelling around Australia and New Zealand. Also, I must point out that this has not been our first time visiting SE Asia; it is, however, our first time vacationing in Australia and NZ. One thing we’ve both noticed is how we’ve been “singled out“.
We know that discrimination (unfortunately) still exists in today’s society. And, although, I’ve been through it as a child, I’ve never had to go through it in the 21st century. There have been many occasions throughout our prior travels, as well as during this recent travel, where we’ve noticed a quietness with stares from certain races towards us. These actions we encountered were quite subdued and we really didn’t make much of it. We’ve also encountered a difference in service from certain service staffs.
Up until recently, I’ve never really focused much of my attention on these little innuendos. However, we encountered being singled out, on a few occasions where we were blatantly spoken to with a racist comment. The first time this had happened, I think we were both flabbergasted. It really blew our minds! We were experiencing something which we had thought we would never experience (again – for me). Especially when this took place, not while we were in a developing country, but while we were in a first world country!
Maybe we’ve been sheltered in adulthood since we live in a culturally diverse city. But seeing this side of the world really sank our hearts. It has also made me more aware of the stares and the treatment from others.
The reason why I wanted to talk about this and write about it, is actually more for me to let it all go. Recently, I’ve recognized that too much of my energy has been spent focusing on these pretentious and ignorant people. They really don’t deserve any recognition at all.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.”
I guess there will always be these types of people, since perfection isn’t a thing when we look at the world. We can’t exact control the actions of others (and I really wouldn’t want to), but we can control our own actions. And my time isn’t worth dwelling on something so obtuse and idiotic.
Be confident with who you are and don’t let anyone take that away from you.
Don’t let others put thoughts into your mind that takes away your self-confidence.”