HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD!
This will be the second major American holiday that I’ve spent in another country. Although I will never complain about finding myself in another country, I will admit these are the very few days I long to be home. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means ready to come back to America but spending Thanksgiving in Amsterdam and Independence Day in Thailand certainly makes me miss the people I love most and the culture I am so accustom to.
As I started brainstorming about writing this post I began thinking about the 4th of July and why we even celebrate to begin with. Traveling in a developing country for the first time has certainly made me realize things in my life that I take for granted more often than I should. Just to name a few – clean water, toilets, toilet paper, English, air conditioning, a job, a home. Most Americans, myself included, expect these things without realizing how privileged we are to have them. We get so caught up in our own little world that we forget about the countries around the globe that aren’t granted the same freedom and luxuries that we are.
I read an article about a month ago about a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death because she would not recant her Christian faith. As the article went on, the more unreal it seemed. Was this something that actually happens in this day and age? I felt like I was reading a novel written centuries ago, in a world where people didn’t have choices like we have today. Fact of the matter is that this was real and this does happen, even in 2014.
As American’s we have freedoms that some people can only dream of. We are so fortunate to be able to practice the religion of our choice, obtain an education and pursue our dreams. We wake up every morning with decisions and choices and options. If we begin to appreciate the freedoms we have instead of expecting them, I firmly believe we will acquire an entire new outlook on life.
I hope everyone enjoys an extra burger (extra cheese, ketchup and mustard please!) for me today. Savor every moment your with family and friends and enjoy time away from work. My 4th of July was spent doing something very non-traditional – can you guess what on earth we got ourselves into today?
Happy birthday America! Cheers!