An important globerolling intermezzo in between our usual shenanigans...
We felt it was necessary to share one of our Globerolling moments with you all in light of the US presidential election tomorrow. Both sides have extremely different views of what the world should look like and who and what should take precedent. The nominees have picked up their respective paint brushes and painted a picture of their perfect world. Some ideas are more controversial than others, but either way, it is that person's vision of an ideal America.
Everyone should have a right to voice their own opinions and beliefs. To compliment this right, we strongly encourage people to look outside of their own world and shed their arrogance of believing that their perspective is the only one that exists or matters. Many people struggle with relating to others due to a difference in circumstances. When we see something or someone that seems out of place or out of the ordinairy, it scares us. The result of this fear is either fight or flight. People can either rebel against anything that exists out of their realm of familiarity and banish those colors from their pallets, or run away (to Australia) and resort to their own respective bubbles where everything is at an even keel. Either way, it seems like their canvases will be colourless, extremely predictable, and suffocatingly limited.
We experienced a vital moment of globerolling that reminded us of why we roll the globe with such ferocity and fearlessness. Here it goes.
Upon our departure from the Westin Sydney, on route to Cairns, one of the staff members at the hotel informed Madeline that she is prohibited from rollerblading in the hotel, in the lobby, or on the rugs. This was initially very funny to us, because 1. Madeline was staying in the hotel, currently in the lobby, and sitting on a rug, 2. we had already spent three nights in the hotel and were on our way out (so in Holland we say: that's mustard after the meal). Our good friend and hotel-uphooker, Julio, then informed the staff member that he is a platinum member (what a stud...). After which the staff member traded in his disdainful look for a smile. He became friendly and now flaunted a certain air of being able to be persuaded into allowing Madeline to continue to wheel around. This strongly reminded us of Julio's questions from the beginning of this trip, "What is globerollers' mission?", and, "Who is your target audience?" Well, Julita (and possibly other Globeroller audience members who are confused about our message), it is this moment that is quintessential to Globerollers' mission. We roll the globe to give voice, opportunity, and permission to those (wheelers or otherwise) who feel like they are stripped of rights because others take one look at them and decide they shouldn't be allowed. We roll the globe to gain that same transformation from rejection to permission that Julio brought out in the hotel staff member when he told him about his platinum status. We suddenly became important to the staff member because we had "pull". Some kind of magical fairy dust that transformed us from being "weird", out of place, and somehow dangerous to being normal, fitting in, and therefore safe enough to belong with the rest of society. Interestingly enough, Madeline and Roxy changed nothing in the way they acted whilst this transformation in the staff member took place: it was a decision within that man's narrow mind to accept us as we are. Once Julio eliminated the gap between Globeroller and the layman hotel guest, we shed our foreign skin and became just like everyone else, but on wheels.
While you cast your ballots, encourage others to do so, watch the news, and read the Facebook statuses of your friends and foes. While you debate with your colleagues, your friends, your family, the angry man on the street, and with your cyberland acquaintances. While you harbor your passion and deny your doubts, remember to be as tolerant and as understanding as you possibly can be, regardless of whether or not that person is a platinum member.