Spice Up Your Life!!!

Marinera Dancers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Poet and civil rights leader Maya Angelou once said, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

With that anecdote in mind, imagine how enlightening, educational and inspiring it could be to experience the richness of other cultures — especially with all the racial unrest that we experience in America. In fact, I had a great time at the recent Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington. And I’m looking forward to visiting Peru, the festival’s featured nation, next spring!

There are lots of reasonably priced packages for vacation getaways to other countries. Or if you don’t want to travel, just an exciting staycation visit to an international festival or museum might be a fun alternative — plus they are often free. Even an authentic cultural restaurant might fit the bill.

Enter the $50K Picture Your Retirement Sweepstakes. See Official Rules. »

Sometimes the simple answer to adding spice to our lives is new experiences and new people. How exciting it can be to learn of the traditions, religions, fashions, languages, foods, music, dances and even the historic struggles and triumphs of other ethnic groups.

New cultural connections are not only fun, entertaining and educational, but they also engender greater understanding of the views and perspectives of others and help us to become even more well-rounded at any age. When I think of the people, such as Angelou, whom we look up to and admire as leaders and cultural heroes in the black community, most — if not all of them — are people who are or were culturally connected and knowledgeable about the world around them.

Whether you choose travel or a stay-home adventure, new cultural connections are yet another opportunity to grow, spice up our lives and thrive!

AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for and equips Americans 50 and older to live their best lives. Discover all the ways AARP can help you, your family and your community at AARP Black Community, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Alfredo DiNatale, Smithsonian Institution

Also of Interest


See the  AARP home page for deals, savings tips, trivia and more.

Search AARP Blogs

Related Posts
November 01, 2016 10:34 AM
AARP is proud to partner with Next Day Better to share a monthlong series of stories of caregiving within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
October 05, 2016 01:51 PM
Tai chi is a popular ancient form of low-impact martial art that’s hugely popular in its home country, China. You can see groups of people of all ages gently going through the graceful movements in a park in the early morning, or groups of employees gathered on a rooftop or courtyard.
September 21, 2016 01:40 PM
Almost 18 months ago, Karen Alston founded the Spectrum Circle, an organization that empowers, motivates and uplifts women of color of all ages to achieve their goals and find their purpose through their passion. To date, the Spectrum Circle has hosted eight events to showcase talented women. They include the 2015 Spectrum Circle Awards for Innovative Women in Technology, Media and Business and most recently Women Who Lead: A Conversation with 50+ Women Innovators in Non-Traditional Careers, which coincided with the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Week and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.