I have always considered the idea of travelling around the world fascinating. But, sadly, as I haven't found the secret formula to do this yet, I decided to go for something bigger than the world: the universe.
So, I went for it. I have had the courage and the privilege to explore hundreds of little - and not so little – shiny planets. Each of them had their own light, colors and small but nonetheless huge things that made them different from each other. As I landed at each one, I had to consistently learn new languages, manners, vocabulary and preferences. However, this was not an annoying task for me. I have always loved learning, and I knew that in them I would find the most valuable knowledge, the type of knowledge a thousand books could never give me.
In case you have not realized it yet, those planets are the names I like to give to kids. Personally, I see them the way I described above. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to visit their worlds, sharing their stories, laughs and beautiful, life-lasting memories.
So, in the end I haven’t travelled the world yet, but I can affirm that I have travelled the universe.
Image: “Child of the Universe”, illustrated by Raúl Colón
Raúl Colón’s bio: http://www.morgangaynin.com/artists/colon/