As many recent graduates have seemingly known for decades, strapping on a backpack and traveling the world can be an enlightening, once in a lifetime experience. Although this time of reflection, growth, and experience may not be practical for everyone, professionals like Dr. Donald Sonn do see the benefits of taking the time to venture out and see new things.
For many of us, traveling is a luxury that time doesn’t seem to afford us. Vacations have slowly morphed into “staycations” that, although can be refreshing, simply don’t have the same effect as leaving behind your everyday world. Seeing new people, places, and things is exciting. Learning about other cultures and taking the time to appreciate the lives of others can be an important aspect of growth and development. Immersing yourself in a new culture, surrounded by unfamiliar languages and lifestyles can be eye-opening and provide what you may need in order to alter your life and make it your own.
These experiences not only give way to appreciation for other people and cultures, but for your own as well. Sometimes taking the time to volunteer in countries to help the needy can be eye opening. Placing value on the things we have can rather than what we want can be difficult in a culture that constantly inundates us with advertisements that show us what we “need” in order to be a specific “type” of person.
For Dr. Donald Sonn, traveling not only allows for some much needed down time from practicing medicine, but for living a more inclusive life. Physicians see people from all walks of life through their years in the medical field and having the ability to understand your patients and relate to their lives and experiences can be important in treating them adequately and building a relationship of mutual respect.