Auburn Aesthetic Meets Asia

Auburn Aesthetic Meets Asia

My last few days in America, I decided to over-indulge in capitalism.  Jalapeno chips at 2am, 24 hour establishments, shopping frivolously, enjoying the diversity of Chicago’s festivals.  Arms, shoulders, legs, and head uncovered, I indulged in the sun endlessly while keeping in mind that these things may not be available in a Developing country.  How spoiled we are as Americans with full access to anything we possibly want or need at any given moment.  But what happens when that is taken away?

Packing was quite the ordeal.  I have more art supplies than clothes, particularly because I am going to purchase them in Bangladesh in order to be respectful, fully immersing myself in the culture.  My hair is twisted low to the head, and I don’t need any makeup.  The object of the game is to blend in among other brown skinned individuals.   I’m contemplating how my thoughts, artwork, writing, and ideas will change as a woman in the Developing world?

On my last day, I was up early to watch the sunrise, and also saw it set.  I contemplated all of the things that are taken for granted in the Western world, and started to feel some apprehension for my journey.  Time abroad is a chance to re-set priorities, meditate and not be distracted by phone, television, email and consistent access to media and pop culture.  Ever though about how your thoughts and ideas would change if the environment changes?