Actions are Louder Than Words

I have quite a unique lifestyle these last few years. My boyfriend travels with a racing organization called The World of Outlaws. He drives our motorhome from coast to coast taking photos and videos for drivers, race teams, and sponsors. Every now and again I have the ability to travel with him. I come across a lot of people while I am on that journey. There people from different cultures and all walks of life. One thing I have notice is that our body language communicates more than what we are hearing.

I always say my facial expressions have no filter. I have a poor habit of making faces even though I am not trying to. My expressions typically express what I have perceived from a conversation. Most importantly, it is also saying what I am thinking. Perception is when an individual selects, organizes, and interprets external and internal stimuli to create their view of the world (Martin & Nakayama, 2018, p. 49).

I think as I travel more, I to see things more the privilege-disadvantage dialectic. Privilege-disadvantage dialectic is that individuals may have privileges and disadvantages, or privileged in some contexts and disadvantaged in others (Martin & Nakayama, 2018, p. 74). I see myself and I realize that where I live may not be so bad. I see a huge difference especially within socioeconomic status. I want the finer things in life, but sometimes it is just not worth that headache. I travel to California usually once a year in September, they have what I love. In the end would I really love it? The culture out there flaunts their money, and has an unlimited budget.

I feel as if I would end up being bored. I like to feel accomplished when I buy something. I work for everything I have and in the end I feel like it has made me the person I am today. I feel disadvantaged to those people because I don’t have a job that earns me enough money to just spend whenever I would like. In the end I feel as if my actions that I take privilege me to I have. I am of worthy character because of those actions and that speaks more volume than any words I could express.

References

Martin, J. N., & Nakayama, T. K. (2018). Intercultural Communication in Contexts. New York, NY: MCGRAW-HILL.

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We look at the same stars, but all see different things

In 2006 I graduate from Westlake High School, located in Westlake, OH. All the way back from middle school until I graduate, I had always taken Spanish as a foreign language. Foreign language classes had the opportunity to travel during the summer months. I decided I wanted to go travel with my class in Europe. I got to travel to Great Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal.

Once I was there I realized that I was a long way from home. I didn’t realize how different things were until I got overseas. It takes traveling a long way to full realize that everyone is different. Demographics is the characteristics of a population classified as: race, ethnicity, age, sex, and income(Martin & Nakayama, 2018, p. 5). While as you travel each country has it’s own kind of people, but they have just the same amount of demographics as the United States. They have such range in ages, race, ethnicity, etc. As I traveled I realize that each country was more and more diverse. Diversity is the quality of being different(Martin & Nakayama, 2018, p. 6). Being able to witness so much diversity within the different countries allowed to me open my eyes and see that it is perfectly okay to be different. I learned that even though I may know a different language, I can still communicate with others. The demographics each country has, has so much to do their diversity.

 

References:

Martin, J. N., & Nakayama, T. K. (2018). Intercultural Communication In Contexts (7th ed.). New York, NY: MCGRAW-HILL.