The Inexhaustible Variety Of Life

The Inexhaustible Variety Of Life

See the beauty in our differences.
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This summer, my family and I went on a very enjoyable and educational week-long vacation to our nation’s capital. Washington D.C. is full of interesting museums, towering monuments, and grand memorials, and while I learned a great deal at these places, the most intriguing lesson of the week came from a surprising source: the sidewalks.

You have to do A LOT of walking in this bustling city because the traffic is so heavy that it is actually slower (and much more frustrating) to drive everywhere. Most people recognize this, and thus, the sidewalks are crowded with swarms of busy tourists and city dwellers. While I was slightly surprised by the sheer number of people, I was much more stunned by the incredible amount of variety around me. It seemed like every other person spoke a different language or was of another ethnicity or religion. I passed by monks, nuns, Amish families, Indians in their traditional and non-traditional clothing, Muslims, European teenagers, excited Chinese tourists, people from Egypt, African Americans, Hispanics, homosexual couples, heterosexual couples, atheists, Christians, the poor, the rich, old veterans, playful children, individuals of Native American ethnicity. You name it, and I most likely saw it. This was an extremely different world from my home of West Omaha, a place where it seems like nearly 95% of the population in white and middle-class. Therefore, I was fascinated by the diversity around me. I wanted to take in every second, and I enjoyed, more than almost anything else on the trip, watching and learning about the different walks of life.

My observations on the sidewalks of D.C can be perfectly embodied by a phrase from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. While looking through the windows of all of the New York apartments in his sight, the narrator states that there is an “inexhaustible variety of life.” How true this is! Not only are there thousands of different religions, spoken languages, ethnicities, careers, and social classes, but there is also a ton of variety within these groups. For example, two middle-class, white, Christian, and English-speaking nurses could end up having completely different personalities, interests, and values. In fact, even members of the same family can be quite distinct. This is because everyone has their own story. Different genes, life experiences, decisions, and people shape each one of us into a unique individual.

As I observed the inexhaustible variety of life on vacation, I began to realize the beauty of the differences between people. Throughout history, we have let these differences divide us, but when we embrace them and live in peace, the result is wonderful! Different perspectives, values, art, music, clothing, languages, sports, and customs combine to create a more vibrant and prosperous humanity. In fact, this is not only true for humanity! Variety makes everything more beautiful! I would much rather have a multi-colored quilt than a monochromatic one, and similarly, I would much rather live a life with some spontaneity and surprise than a life with an unchanging routine, where each day is alike.

Even though the human race is full of abundant diversity, it is important to point out that at the core, we are not vastly different. Genetically, we are 99.9 percent identical, and even though we each have distinct stories, we have many shared life experiences! Life and death, love and pain, joy and despair. These are the inevitabilities of human life. Thus, we are similar despite our many differences, and we can work together and accept each other. It is possible. We must look at people, no matter how different, and view them as fellow human beings, each with a story to tell. We must try to understand one another, and we must try to love one another, even if we don’t always agree and even when it seems difficult. This is how we can reach our full potential and make the world a more beautiful place
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1. Captivating

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2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

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5. Humble

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7. Loyal

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8. Fascinating

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9. Empathetic

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10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

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13. Philosophical

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14. Loving

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17. Conscientious

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Not only does this city have the ability to make me feel so incredibly alive, but every single time I have visited, I have left ready to conquer anything and everything that comes my way.

There is just something about the bright lights, busy streets, and hustle of this city that is unbelievably inspiring and admirable to me. It really is the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.

A trip to New York City is always a good idea, and you will never run out of things to do and see. So if you aren't quite convinced you want to see The Big Apple for yourself yet, here are a couple of reasons why you should.

#1 The Buildings.

It wouldn't be NYC without the buildings after all. The architecture is, to put it lightly, f***ing amazing. The linear streets, mix between old and new designs, and all of the unique colors and lights are beautiful beyond belief and pictures don't do them enough justice.

#2 The Culture.

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#3 The Food.

Two words: Pizza and Bagels. I can not stress this enough, EAT ALL OF THE PIZZA AND BAGELS! I literally think I could live off of those two things. Another good thing about New York is that you can eat for super cheap if you are on a budget, because theres guaranteed to be a pizza place on every block with $1 slices and food vendors lined up on the sidewalks with hot dogs and pretzels.

#4 The Entertainment. 

Broadway shows, Off Broadway, Concerts, Comedy, Art, you name it and it's there. Anything you could ever want to do, you can do in this city. One of my favorite shows I've been to was the Blue Man Group. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants, and I liked it so much I even went back for a second time!


No matter who you are or what you like to do, this city has something to offer you! I truly believe that everyone needs to experience this city at least once in their lifetime. So start planning, save up, and go explore! And if you end up hating it....at least you can get pizza for a dollar a slice.

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