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A Change of Pace, Place, and Perspective
The 2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip is officially underway.
Alex and I are currently on the MegaBus–––a double decker, low-cost express bus service–––riding around the country. The company travels to most major American cities east of Texas and we are hitching a ride. In total, it will be 24 states in 23 days.
While interning at a church in college, our youth pastor once said this: “Change of pace, plus change of place, equals change in perspective.”
I agree one million percent.
There is power in culture shock.
I grew up in suburban Detroit, Michigan, but my formative years are not like what you’d think. In my area, there were more Starbucks than black people. Case in point: I went to school with two dark-looking Indian girls and the popular black kid in the grade above me was gay––––so he acted like all of us anyway. Upon graduating high school, none of us were experts in anything other than what we knew–––our white selves.
In 2006, I moved down to Palm Beach for college, but things didn’t really improve. Sure, South Florida turned out to be the veritable mixing pot I pictured in my head, but I stayed with what was familiar. Instead of venturing out, I clung to the innards of my predominantly white, private Christian school and associated with the excessive wealth instead of the extravagant poverty.
Sometimes, you need to change of pace.
If we, the Quarterlife Generation, want to change this culture, we need to see it first.
If we really want to be in tune with what 18-29 year old men and women need, we need to get out there and see them for ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but as a nimble twenty-something, I feel like I am wasting my gift of mobility by sitting in a Starbucks all day creating a magazine. There is so much of the world to see, and nothing but time to do it.
I am fairly blessed. I own a fledging corporation/ministry/magazine; I can travel on a moment’s notice; I’m single. The circumstances are never greater for a trip like this. We are truly free (well… except Alex, who is not single–––sorry ladies).
So this is the trip.
Meeting people. Praying over people. Loving others. Seeing the country.
It’s time for a change in perspective, twenty-somethings. Are you ready?
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About Jayson SchmidtFounder of the Quarterlife movement. Building an empire for the glory of God and living my dream to make the name of Jesus famous. Get at me on Twitter (@JaysonSchmidt).
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Verse of the Week
––1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)