The most important thing that happened to me was to become, at age 7, an expatriate kid. I was only that for a few years, but the learning stuck. I retain this point of view even decades later. Here’s 5 lessons.
1. I know that the things taken for granted are often arbitrary.
2. I learned to be a minority.
3. I learned to ask questions about the unfamiliar in respectful ways.
4. I learned what class, wealth, and poverty were.
5. There’s very little of the planet untouched by colonialism.