Question your lens

Culture, I have always been interested in this topic, maybe because I always stood out like a sore thumb in Nicaragua.

My parents were from different parts of the world providing me with different DNA than most of the kids I lived around.

Then later I moved to America where my appearance allowed me to fit in, but I sure could not communicate with anyone, and my clothing still made me stand out like a sore thumb.

Culture refers to the shared values, beliefs and norms of a specific group of people.

I never wanted to lose the Nicaragua traditions and culture; I valued them too much. But at the same time, I had to adapt to the culture where I now lived. Adjusting can be tricky and challenging to accomplish.

Did I do it? Kind of, not perfectly.

But I tried to teach my children some essential components of my culture, even though it was far away from where we lived and a place they had never visited. It was imperative to me; I wanted them to understand who I was and why I believe the way I did.

The beauty is children are like sponges, even though they had their own values and beliefs, they also adopted values and beliefs I taught them.

Because of their exposure to different values, beliefs, and ways, I see my children excel in cultures they visit.  It is beautiful to watch.  My daughter decided to explore the world on her own and now lives in Europe exploring more cultures and meeting people around the world.

One thing I have learned from my observations is, that we have one thing in common. No matter what culture you’re from, we all yearn for a sense of belonging.

Culture influences the manner we learn, live and behave. Culture is an influential shaper of our personality. Don’t judge people until you have walked in their shoes.

The more cultures you allow yourself to explore, the more views you will let yourself see.

Always question your lens, never limit yourself.

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