I (still) Proudly Love America
It’s a gloomy day in America, as we remember those who lost their lives to the devastating terrorist attacks in 2001. It feels like just yesterday, I was sitting in my mom’s bedroom, watching the attack play out right in front of my eyes. At that moment, I couldn’t even begin to fathom what was actually happening or the effect it would have on the American people, as well as the rest of the World, as a whole.
Since that day, I’ve had a different outlook on life and what it meant to live in America. As both of my older siblings joined the Military to fight for our freedom, I quickly realized freedom isn’t free. Through all of the wars and distress that America has faced, there are still a plethora of reasons to love this remarkable nation.
One | Land of Opportunity America is the land where dreams, ambitions and hopes turn into reality. There are very few other places in the world where a young man or woman can start out as a low-class citizen and become a prominent figure in his/her country. America gives everyone the opportunity to excel in every phase of life and all Americans have the right to education.
Two | The Welfare of Others Americans, in general, are concerned about the welfare of our neighbors. The Salvation Army, Red Cross and United Way are just a few of the organizations that are prepared and willing to help any American in need.
Three | Home of the Brave I can’t help but think of my brother when I think about those who have sacrificed their lives and time with their families to fight for our country. It’s because of them that I am even able to write why I love America.
“Freedom is not free, everyday soldiers give their lives so that we can live ours.”
Four | Entrepreneurial Spirit America is full of creative entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to take big risks. According to Babson and Baruch Colleges, in 2012, the percentage of Americans involved in a startup hit a high of 13%. That is more than 40 million people who started businesses to pursue opportunity. Even after the global financial meltdown, there’s still tremendous opportunity, freedom and creative potential in starting a business that can’t be found any other way–and the U.S. is still a great place to do it.
Michael Dell, Dell Computers
Steve Jobs, Apple
Reed Hastings, Netflix
Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Network
Howard Schultz, Starbucks
Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp.
Five | Freedom Like I previously stated, I am able to write a blog and say whatever I want about who I am and what I believe in. I am able to get a job regardless of whether or not I come from the highest social class, my gender or the color of my skin. I can marry who I want, attend the church and/or college I want. I am able to be who I want without the fear of being persecuted by the government.
Six | Support Tragedies like 9/11 remind me how people who were once divided by different ideas and beliefs are able to lay them to the side and stand together as one nation.
Seven | Beauty As much as I want to (and plan to) travel the world, there is so much to see here in the USA. We are lucky enough to have every natural element inside our borders: mountains, plains, deserts, rain forests, coast lines, volcanoes, etc. The people in America are also beautiful, we all come from diverse backgrounds and have something different to offer.
Eight | Lend A Helping Hand When there is devastation in the world, Americans are always among the first to assist. We may disagree about our politics, but when there is trouble, Americans come together. We currently provide humanitarian support and also lend troops in times of military conflict.
Nine | Patriotism We love our country.
Nevertheless, take some time today to love your country and to appreciate those who have given it all to make it possible for you to call this place home.