When I was a child, I went lots of places all alone and no one ever bothered me. I played in my own yard, often in the front near the street and nothing ever happened to me. I realize that in some parts of the nation that was not the case, but in the majority of this country it was the norm. Children were safe to play outside unattended and no one ever bothered them. Nowadays, children should not be left alone in their front yard because there are people who will harm them. It's a shame that children today will never know that freedom.
When I was a child, a young child, I remember having to wear dresses to school. Girls were not allowed to wear long pants or shorts. Things have changed and I think for the better. Girls today can wear what they want to school (within reason) and as a result, are more comfortable to do more things.
What I am trying to say is things have changed both for the better and for the worse.
"As long as I live,
I will never forget
that day 21 years ago
when I raised my hand and took the
oath of citizenship.
Do you know how proud I was?
I was so proud that
I walked around
with an American flag around my shoulders all day long."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Author and Actor
If you were born in another country and now live here, I hope that you see the wonderful things about this country. My hope is that you see "us" in the United States and not "you" and "me". We should have mutual respect for all people in this country.
As any country on this planet, we are not perfect and never have been. What makes us different is that we have corrected a lot of the mistakes we have made and all in a period of a couple hundred years. Other countries have been working on their issues for many centuries and still have no resolve. We are moving, we are correcting, we are changing.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
My hope for the future of this great nation is that we can start to work together to solve problems and together to build a stronger and happier nation.
My hope is that we can stop pointing fingers at each other and start trying to find compromises. There are always two sides to every issue, so the best place to be in the common ground between the two sides.
This doesn't mean we should be all "conservative" or all be "liberal", but rather we should be citizens of this great nation and try to find solutions that benefit both sides.
Currently, we have two or more sides and they are at odds and are battling with each other.
This needs to stop.
As an over 50 citizen of the Great United States of America, I intend to celebrate the positives of this nation and pray for it's future. I intend to celebrate all the men and women who make this a great nation - ALL. I intend to celebrate the past that I was able to enjoy that my children missed, and celebrate all the wonderful things they were able to enjoy as children that I missed.
Life changes and it will continue to change. If it stands still, then we are all dead. I intend to continue to learn, to try new things, grow in spirit, and be happy for the time I have left. I intend to push the limits and live to the fullest.
To make the most of my life in the country where God has chosen for me.
"I couldn't control where I was born,
but I can control
how I support it
and live in it."
The Fourth of July is only one day... let's see if we can carry it through the whole year and make this great nation (through peace, communication, and compromise) even greater!
Have you lived in the United States your whole life? How do you feel about the United States of America experience both then and now? Are you proud of our nation or shameful of it? How do you plant to spend the Fourth, celebrating or boycotting?
Please share any feelings you have about this great nation, past or present.