Ready for the 4th of July

I am ready for the 4th of July. It seems like all I do is work and study, so the chance to play a little is very appealing. I’m spending time with family and friends over the holiday, and the nice thing is that I don’t have to have a plan. Grilling out, relaxing with those I care most for, and finding time for me is a foreign concept. I was working on the first of this month, and that was the same day that payments are due for my company. I had a gentleman come in, and the first thing he said to me was that he was ready for the 4th of July because he was tired of watching the fireworks in politics. He only wanted to see the kinds of fireworks that lit up the sky. I couldn’t help but smile when he stated that statement because it’s true. And if you think things are settling down with the divisions in this country, you are deluding yourself. I hear it on all sides, and there is more division in this country than people want to admit.

The 4th of July, to me, means freedom. But it’s our freedoms that we often take for granted. Most of us drive, and that is considered a privilege. Education should be readily available, and it is to a degree. But we all need to learn that there are categories that we consider to be privilege’s and not freedoms. I am aware of the issues the world faces and can say this without hesitation, we are blessed as a nation. Most of us have choices that allow us to determine the paths we take. Those choices were earned with bloodshed from those who came before us.

There are many topics of conversation that I could go on and on about in this blog, but I won’t. We have the freedom to voice our opinions, grievances, joys, celebrations, concerns, and many other realms. We see those freedoms put to the test by people who disrespect others by inciting violence to humans and animals. Many countries do not enjoy the same kinds of privileges that the United States allows. Yes, the 4th of July is a time to celebrate. While many may not agree with our ancestors’ wars and fighting, we can’t erase history. Changing our future and learning from the past is different from obliterating the history we don’t like. Those who sacrificed for our freedom understood that freedom has a price tag. So celebrate the holiday with those you love and be grateful for the freedoms you may experience. Never take a single day for granted and enjoy the fireworks. They are beautiful and have a long history to learn from throughout our lives. So Happy Birthday America. Have a great holiday, everyone.

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