Not all are Lucky enough to be American!

Wander around any country and see what the flag symbolizes. In some countries you loose your freedoms and walk around battle weary and scarred for life as you navigate the perils of the next hours. Your world turn upside down with destruction and decay and the cities in shambles. Thinking about what would it be like to live in peace and in harmony.

We wander around our current landscapes and look around for answers to our daily lives. Everything is a struggle regardless of what a “struggle” really means. One soccer mom can struggle to rear in her children, the other can struggle with mental health issues or drug additions. We all struggle one way or another. But all of us are looking for a way to exist and coexist at the same time.

We all want to be a part of something for the greater good, we all want success and we all want to live in peace and in harmony. However we see it these are the essential roots of human kind, to live in a place of plenty, where there are opportunities for life, liberty, and freedom, where every day you can decide your own fate and your own story.

We are like books, each one of us has a chapter and a story to tell, written in our minds, lost in different catalogues on a endless bookshelf of life.

Each one of us has a story to tell, why not read the pages to learn more about each other? I was in a store last night, lost in my own thoughts, trying to finish writing my chapter in my head of what would become of the night, my list long of things I need for the family. I look at my list of things to get: milk, napkins, water for the baby’s bottles, and other useless items. I wander around the local store, not worried about time, however worried about closing soon. Each isle desolate and the pressures of the Coronavirus a sure certainty of the need for haste. Although I am worried about catching the virus, we are all human, and sometimes we need to calm ourselves and wander at night to find our own connections.

I stumble into one isle and then the next. A true fashion of the American sprit to accomplish spending all my money lol. Well its late at night and I need to hurry I tell myself. However, I am so into thought that I hardly notice anyone around me. This is where the dilemma comes in on what we value as our freedoms. Well a shopper stops and asks me a question about some item and I begin to chat about cars and politics and little topics of items throughout the store. I learn about where he comes from and who he is, we share ideas about what we thing wealth is and all of a sudden this becomes such a strong vision of what this dream hopes to accomplish.

Well I started this website to create a place to help people. A place to collect ideas of what the American Sprit and Dream was and is about. Well this interaction truly embodied the sprit of everything we stand for. The shopper and I began to share ideas of what does it mean to be successful in each country. He is from a soviet era country where things are held in different standards. He went to school and fought to be someone in his country, he tells me, “ look I make more money here working in sales in the USA versus my country as an engineer.” He tells me “ we left to make our lives better and are in this country to work and we love this country for the opportunities it has!” He tells me. At this point I tell him that I feel the same. My parents worked their ass off to give us the opportunity we have here in this country and we are able to do so because of what this country provides.

So what does each country symbolize? What does the flag really represent to each and every one of us? We defend our homelands because thats all we have and nowhere to go. But if we think about it and look closely where would we go if all of us had the same opportunities?Would we all go if given the change to change the banner of our lives? Well this is the thought of the night. We are very lucky to be born in this country, and those that were able to move here are also very fortunate.

L

Thinking about what is to come…

There is so much going on out there in the world these last couple weeks. It’s this endless thought of doom and despair. It’s tough not to get wrapped into it all. And all you want to do is chomp down on some KrispyCreme donuts and a vanilla nut coffee. It’s this idea of comforting the pain that is this consistent thought of doom we all feel as our worlds are paralyzed. We live in a state of anxiety, cleaning, organizing, meticulously worrying about what, who or why we do to avoid bringing in the virus into our homes.

At this point the wholesale price of bleach at Costco makes sense! Haha.

But alas we are home. We are in our warm and cozy environment and we can say is well the world is collapsing but here we have a chance to be our own world. It’s raining outside today, it’s been raining for the last couples of days. God is opening up the heavens and for some reason is crying upon the lands. It’s been interesting to be home. I haven’t been together at home with my family in a while. It’s interesting that we loose the ability to understand each other with the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules and our constant planning for the next adventure. We forget about being us and we forget how to deal with each other.

Just like all of you, we are also learning new things from each other. How to be better parents, how to listen more, how to be patient, how to enjoy just being home and doing nothing. Surprisingly it’s been such a long time since I’ve been sitting on a couch doing nothing, not having to worry about getting up tomorrow to go to work. It’s a bizarre feeling to just be “home!” It’s hard to explain but we are all going though it together.

It is as though I’m 10 years old again, and the Saturday morning cartoons are on and all I am doing is eating junk food and watching tv before my parents get up. I would rise early in the morning, trying not to wake anyone up, and watching my favorite cartoons in peace and quiet.

But the oddity of it all is we are not 10, we are young adults thinking that the world is the moments we spend making money of some sort, learning something to have a conversation with someone at work, or fulfilling our time doing “important” things to seem busy.

Yet, now, there isn’t that need. We should be aware that it’s ok to be free. It’s ok to be US! It’s ok enjoy these moments. Don’t think about anything else but enjoying your family, your friends or roommates, and yourself. There is always a reason for everything. Maybe this was a way to bring people close. To remind them that the material isn’t important. That family, friends, and being human is important. To once again rise up and listen to who you are and your wants in this world. We have been in this rat race for so long that we forgot what it was like to listen to the world outside, to see the blue sky and to open our eyes to our families. We forgot how to live together in peace and harmony and to value the moments we have together.

Everything in this world has a reason and a purpose. And your the purpose for this world! Your the reason this world will be better. Take the time to enjoy the little things and don’t worry about what anyone will think or say. Just be you. Enjoy spending time with your kids, enjoy seeing them and listening to them. Enjoy the moments for we don’t know how long we have to do so. Time is precious and the precious things in life need attention just like everything else.

Well it’s late. But I hope you know that tomorrow is always another day to rise and make it yours. Don’t despair! You are the most important thing in this world! Show yourself love! For you are valued!