I traveled to Italy last month and discovered once again how amazing history is.
I never really liked history in high school. Tests requiring the student to regurgitate dates seemed like a waste of time. When viewed through that lens, I can see why I had so little enthusiasm for it.
But I am lucky enough to have a friend who was a history major. He was a history major because he loved the subject. He wound up having a successful career in sales, but he is at his best when he is recounting the past and the lessons from the past.
You can ask him a question such as, “Why did such and such happen?” And he’ll typically say, “Well, to understand that, you have to go back a few years. This is why…” And he’ll take you back and enrapture you with the most incredible story. Fifteen minutes later, he’ll tie it to your question. You suddenly discover your jaw hanging open because you’ve been captivated by every word.
The same thing happened in Rome. We were lucky enough to have a private tour of the Vatican and the Colosseum. The stories of parties at the Colosseum during the fights and all that went on there were incredible. The stories of the Vatican were incredible as well. Even watching the citizens of Rome walking to work as they passed by buildings that have existed for centuries and centuries blew my mind.
The other great thing about history is that is builds empathy and understanding between cultures of the world. I very much enjoyed the people that I met on my trip. I hope I gave them positive feelings as well.
History gives us stories of courage, of wisdom, and of hope. It teaches us to move forward in a positive manner and embrace the future.
Learn from history and start writing the pages of your future today.