Tolerance and Friendship

Alexys - Charlotte, North Carolina
Entered on March 25, 2009

This past summer I attended the outward bound unity team experience. An outward bound experience is when you go to the mountains for eight days and complete various activities like rock climbing, hiking and learning how to work together with your team and yourself. The most important part of this trip is communication and gaining more knowledge about diversity and social justice. I have always known how important it is to have a diverse group of friends and how beautiful it is to have friends who are not only different in their personalities but are different in their beliefs as well. As of now, I have a great friend that attended the outward bound experience with me. We do not share the same beliefs or the same culture. However, what we do share is the kindness we have in our hearts. He is one of the nicest and funniest people I have ever met. We show respect towards each other and I learned that you don’t have to be the same to become friends with someone. Through the outward bound experience, a great friendship has been created. I have come to learn that it is our differences that have taught me tolerance for other’s views and beliefs. But most importantly, through tolerance, we took the time to find what it is that we do share… our commitment to humanity and making a positive change in the world.