Imagine WE are all invited to the greatest party of all time……. and YOU don’t have the proper ID to get in……….

You’re getting left……see you back at the house — homie.

I remember when I got my drivers license.  It was like I got the key to the city.  Instant freedom.  “You mean I can leave whenever I want to?  Not when the bus/train dictates?”   It actually became a haven for me as a writer.  I could hop in my car, pop in an instrumental and vibe out the verses while on the way to my destination (Multitasking –  it’s like getting bonus time added to your day – but that’s another story).  If a license is a key to the city, then a  passport is literally a key to the kingdom.

I think the greatest perks of being a successful artist aren’t the money, the clothes, not even the bling encrusted grills……. but the travel.  How better to mine the untapped potential of self?  New experiences help you to grow your franchise — by that I mean the mind and spirit.  Meeting people who walk a different path gives me a different perspective which is exactly what I need as a writer – and a human being.  How can you grow if the only places you travel, you’re surrounded by people who think the same way you do?  Traveling can help you appreciate what you have, strive for what you’ve seen,  grow from new experiences, have life defining moments, meet your soul mate, the list goes on.  I mean think about it.  Pizza might be your favorite food….today, but if that’s all you know in addition to burgers, chicken and fries you are not much of a culinary expert are you?   Then one day you try…… deep fried camel hump, and you  go into shock.  Now 1 of 2 things may have happened: you have just found your new favorite dish, or your appreciation for pizza increases exponentially because of the vile taste of “hump de la camel”(I wouldn’t know).  Either way it’s a win as you are exposed to the possibilities of all this life has to offer(and you get a good story to boot).  You can now replace an assumption with a fact based opinion.

God made the world for man, and then man in his “infinite wisdom” (as he does with most things) decided to partition it and disallow people to travel without “permission.”  — thankfully that permission isn’t too difficult to acquire.  God made this world for me and I don’t want any limitations on my access.

I say all this to say…  If you don’t have a passport get one, if you know someone who doesn’t have one encourage them to get one as well.

Next time we will discuss getting your PADI(scuba) license so you have the keys to the sea and you can get your aquaman on (the earth is 71% water you know)

“If you don’t have a passport, it’s like you only have the keys to the broom closet…….. in your mansion.”  — Darien

  • On a side note.  I wrote deep fried camel hump trying to be funny…….. but  it actually exists!  I need to get out more. 🙂