You’re absolutely right, Ricky. I did experience this throughout my travels in India, Vietnam, and Nepal and it was an incredible experience. To sit next to people in a packed jeep (in south India, they pack 22+ people in an 8-person jeep) and not be able to communicate with them, but still exchange smiles and realize that we’re both very human — that we both share everything besides language in common — that was amazing.

And now that I’m back in the United States, I have a much greater appreciation for the world and all its inhabitants. I feel greater sense of empathy towards their struggles and towards the problems most in need of attention.