Traveling to 6 Continents in 2 years!
Updated: May 21, 2018
I am taking my children's book to kids across the world. I will be traveling to 6 of the 7 continents and meeting children in the villages in orphanages and in schools, sharing my message of peace and friendship for our world! Please join me on my journey as I blog.
"We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving." - Michael Jackson
My dream... it all started a long time ago. I traveled to Russia with a performing arts troop, called Peace Child, before the end of the Cold War. I was a kid, and my whole life I was taught that Russia was our enemy, to be deeply feared. I even remember doing drills in school and getting under my desk, in case a nuclear bomb was heading our way. So naturally, my family and friends were very worried for me to go to Russia. After all, I was just a kid, and not only could my parents not go with me, I would not be able to talk with them while I was there. They were very reluctant, but they agreed to let me go.
It changed my life forever. I made friends with a little boy named Sergey, who was also performing in the play with me. Even though we could not speak the same language, we understood each other. I saw the world differently through his eyes. One day, Sergey asked me, in his broken English, how my country could leave people on the streets and not care for our people. He said he had seen it on the news. It took me a moment, then I realized he was referring to the homeless, and that's not a concept that he truly understood. In Russia, people did not live on the streets, they were all provided housing.
This got me thinking... if he is being taught we are bad, and we are being taught he is bad... then whose really the bad guy. The conclusion I came to as a child, was that the media sensationalizes the news and does not always represent the humanity behind which it reports.
When I came back home to America, I felt like I was in shock, because I could not find the words to explain what all I had seen and experienced. I do remember telling people that peace is possible, and they looked at me a little weird, so I stopped saying that.
However, I decided it is not okay for me to give up on the children of our world, and so I decided to write my story. I must use my voice to bring about an understanding and love for one another. We are all in this world together, and we may be divided by geographical lines, but from the sky we are one world, one planet. I am going to do everything in my power to reach as many children across the world that I can and spread a message of friendship and love.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Meade