The other day one of my friends told me that one of his dreams is to go to America. I think that is a very common dream, isn’t it? Many people want to see America.
I’m always intrigued what makes them want to see America, though? What is it about America do you want to see? What do you want to do in the US? What do you hope to take away with you when you leave?
Do you long to see the Grand Canyon?
Go shopping in New York City or Rodeo Drive?
Cheer at an American football or basketball game in person?
See the White House or Capitol up close?
My life is always full of questions, why should this be any different, right?
The people I talk to don’t really want to see any sights. They just want to see America. Again though, I wonder where they got an idea of America as an entity?
From television and movies?
From a book?
From watching the news or reading a magazine?
Maybe even from a music video!
Overall, my friends tell me they want to just see what America is like. Eat at McDonald’s, go to Starbuck’s or the movies. “Hang out” like Americans do. In a way I think that’s a fun idea.I think it must be very easy to get an idea of America like a movie set.
But I have to say…America is very, very different to your hometown in some ways. Overall, it is just the same. Big cities are big cities. American people are just like the people in your town, in your country. They go to work, they think about their lives, they have fun with their friends. There isn’t really anything magical or special about America that you do not already have. It’s just a change of scenery, a different language and a few cultural differences.
Underneath our skin colour, language, religion and habits, we are all just people, right? So I guess the happiest thing for people to visit America find is that Americans are people too.
And that’s a very happy, good thing!