Before I went to Japan I was told that on the face of it, Japanese society looks normal but scratch below the surface and it is very twisted.
I went and expected to see corruption and Yakuza on every corner like in a crappy film.
What I did learn was that Japanese culture is totally dedicated for the benefit of the whole and especially the elders.
There is no litter anywhere.
People queue for everything.
Elderly people are given right of way wherever you go.
People offer you help with anything and are genuinely happy to do so.
I have had a long standing dislike of the idea of travel but what I now realise is travel is only 10% about the views, buildings, landscape.
When travelling you go for the big stuff, but you remember the little stuff.
The little interactions, displacement of your inclinations and the offset of your cultural expectations vs that of your host.
Experiences pay you back three times. The emotion in the event, the memories of the event and most importantly the development of your understanding of others and ultimately yourself.
You don’t need to go to the far East to have experiences that challenge and augment you. What can you do today to change and grow?