July 4th is my favorite holiday of the year. On this day we celebrate our country, our people, its triumphs, its mistakes, its learning process. This is a day when Americans come together to celebrate their freedoms.
Yes, we have freedoms. Yes, we voice our rights.
I grew up in California. We moved up and down the California Coast. Talk about diversity. I met Mexicans, Asians, Middle Eastern, European, African people. Through our moves and learned about where they came from. The hardships they experienced in their countries of origin, which made me appreciate more about being an American.
When I was going to cosmetology school there were a couple of sisters from Iran enrolled there too. They had been in the U.S. for about a year. They were applying for citizenship. They told me about not being able to go anywhere without a male escort, not being able to have a say in how they wanted their lives, education or who they might marry while living in Iran. They were not poor, as far as prosperity, they were poorly heard and poorly treated. They were possessions to be dealt out as their father and uncles decided.
A Filipino friend of mine escaped the Philippines during Marcos reign, without his father. His father and his uncle had been shot in front of him for having an opinion.
African people having to leave their homes for fear of the governments and what they were doing to the people of the country.
These people were so relieved to be here, to be safe, to see a better future for themselves and their families.
This is a country where we can voice our opinions and make our futures. It is up to us to make it happen.
I love the Fourth of July because it reminds me I am able to have my career, live where I want and do what I want. I can write this blog without fear of what I might write.
Yes, this country still needs us to maintain it, it still needs us to direct it. This country was created for US and by US.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
Let's live that truth! I encourage everyone to live your lives, don't be afraid of change as change is inevitable! Change is good and if you do not like what is going on you have the right to change it. Go do it! Give yourself permission to do so.
Celebrate this day - it is our Freedom day!