A few weeks back, we took a weekend vacation to the happiest place on earth. No –  Not IKEA or Lambert’s Restaurant. Disney World. I love Disney World. Ever since I was kid, I’ve always enjoyed Disney movies, the parks, their imagine, and so on. I know I don’t have to explain anymore. Disney is just simply awesome.

One of my favorite rides is It’s A Small World. It’s not a thrill seeking, heart racing, upside down ride. It’s just a nice and simple ride. It’s the “Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed.” Maybe it’s the music or the super cute animated dolls. I’ve ridden this ride multiple times. Even in Disneyland Paris. It’s the same ride in case you were wondering. However, this last time I’d noticed a few things:

  1. Tajikistan is underrepresented. Disappointing… Who can I speak to about including this beautiful country and culture as a cruise destination?
  2. I think Disney liked Russia. I spotted at least 3 different times a building could be depicted as a Russian onion shaped dome church. If I didn’t spot them, the woman and her 5-year old daughter sitting behind us did. I don’t know. Maybe Disney was a spy…
  3. Every world leader and politician should ride this ride at least 2 times.

The message is simple. It’s a small world and we are all a part of it. If only every politician and world leader could understand this. I think it’s a timeless message. We tend to get a Western mindset that we are the only country in the world and everybody wants to be like America. Travel the world and you’ll see that it’s not true. Why do we think we have to rule the world and impose our ideas in other countries?

It’s a small world and people are just like us in every country of the world. People have jobs, families, kids, jobs, and a life. Why do we think we have to ruin it? Living abroad and experience many different cultures, people are people no matter where they live. 99% of the people want to love and want someone to love them. We are all the same. Yes – travel to other countries (traveling to Jamaica or the Caribbean isn’t traveling… sorry) not only to see the historic sites and learn about other people, but simply to be a better human.

This also goes for other countries not just America. I guess you could say that world peace is really what needs to happen. I know it’s unrealistic, but it can start with you and me. Start to understand and appreciate other countries. Met other people who are not like you. Ask about their story, where did they come from, what’s it like in their country, what do they do for fun, what does family togetherness look like, etc.

Here’s the second verse: There is just one moon and one golden sun, And a smile means friendship to everyone; Though the mountains divide, and the oceans are wide, It’s a small world, after all. Thanks Disney!

See my Russian friends – A smile means friendship to everyone – So it’s okay to smile every now and then!!

Here’s the song in case you forgot it.