Now I might lose a few followers with this post, especially with what’s going on with Trump. But I’m not letting politics get in the way, and I’m certainly not joining my friends as they boycott American products.
Most of my friends only go down south of the border for vacation. I, on the other hand, had the privilege of living there for six years. Having received both my bachelor and masters degrees from American universities, I am grateful towards the United States. Without the experience of living there, I would not be the man I am today and this blog would not exist. Furthermore, my WIP takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio.
So, on America’s birthday, I would like to say thanks to her for:
– 33 years – and counting – of wonderful memories in Sarasota, Florida
– Lifelong friends
– Making me committed to serving others
– Making me a proponent of progressive education
– Making me a global citizen
– New experiences such as paintballing, riding in a hot-air balloon, surfing, and serving as copy editor for my school’s newspaper
– Giving me the inspiration and ideas for my debut novel
– Welcoming me when I come to visit
Happy 4th of July to everyone! And to my American friends and followers, God bless America! As for my followers at home, I do hope you will continue to support my blog. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
Well yesterday as you might guess from the photo, I watched the 4th of July fireworks from the beach (awesome display by the way). The beach was very crowded all day and evening, and I wondered what it was like in other cities throughout the country. I’m guessing that it was more or less the same, or perhaps some places might’ve been more crowded. And being a Canadian, I made the most of the festivities; I even walked the beach waving the American flag. I did, however, feel intimidated being the only non-American in the crowd. Have you ever felt like you were just some face in the crowd? What can you do in that situation? Well, I just put on a big smile and try to enjoy things. And that’s probably the best thing to do – just don’t show any signs of fear. Easier said than done, but it still doesn’t hurt to try.
The best part of this day was spending time with my good, small circle of friends. We just sat around, ate, drank (not too much!) and had a few laughs. I only see these people maybe twice a year, but we always have a blast when we meet up. I’m grateful to have these friends in my life – they’re reliable and appreciate the finer things in life. They’re the ones whom I can say “these guys are truly my friends”. Do you know who your true friends are? The ones you don’t have to chase all the time? The ones who call once in a while to say “Hi!”? The ones who do appreciate your company? If so, tell them how much you value their friendship. Tell them “you’re a great friend”. You’ll be surprised as how much of a difference it makes. You want them to know how much they mean to you. After all, What would you do if they suddenly weren’t in your life anymore?
Anyways, happy belated 4th of July and remember tell America how much you value her. Show your pride everyday, not just the 4th of July!