Everywhere I travel, I constantly hear how different cultures are. Mostly how different the culture is from home from whoever is talking about it. But, during my travels, I've found that cultures aren't all that different and they all have universal truths, currencies, and languages. Among them are love, pride, and kindness.
Tonight I witnessed many of these translated among many international guests. I don't speak Icelandic, but tonight I easily understood what my friends parents were saying at their wedding celebration. There was such love and pride in their hearts, minds, and voices, and I am so grateful to have been a witness.
In times of such political and financial turmoil, it's important to remember what's important in life and to recognize what we all share with one another. Tonight, I witnessed two families celebrating the love between two wonderful people. Words were said in two languages but many of it did not need a translator. Love poured from their hearts as they celebrated and cherished the love shared by two people, and they could ask for nothing more.
As the night carried on (minus the darkness), Reese and I got to know the family and friends of our friends and found many more things in common than we had differences. These are people thousands of miles from the familiar for us and we all wanted nothing more than to be happy and healthy.
It is nights like this that remind me how fortunate I am to:
Love knows no bounds. This is what people forget. I am on my honeymoon, in a foreign country, and EVERYONE should get to know this bliss. This feeling, this experience should not be privilege but a right. And I will do all that I can to make sure that happens for all during my lifetime.