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