In a time when we are awaiting to hear who our next American President will be (and the results may be quite depressing), I thought we'd cheer it up a bit by celebrating my 10 favorite things about being an American.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
I'm not going to deny it: having freedom of speech in my country (especially during an election!) is one of the rights I value the most as an American. If you know me personally, you know I'm not the type to be censored, and I sincerely value my ability in this country to speak my mind and not feel as though I may be imprisoned or harmed. This is a true luxury that I am definitely aware I take advantage of at times.
You know, it's America - we're known for our junky fast food! While I don't eat fast food, per se (I only like Subway and an occasional Wendy's Frosty - I've had the latter like three times in my entire life), I do enjoy eating unhealthily and I'm able to do so because I live in America and we're awesome and burger-filled. ;)
Not that everyone can afford it (and that certainly shouldn't be the case), but we do have quality liberal arts programs and a variety of higher institutions that fill our youth and adults with hope, motivation, inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit! Also, our girls are given the equal opportunity to receive education, not found in many other countries where religious and societal belief systems oppress them.
I am so glad that our country is a voting democracy and that the people of our country have the right to vote for who they elect as President. However, this is not to say that our country is not flawed and this is not to say that every citizen can vote, but it is far better than a country with a dictatorship or a political system that does not support a vote of the people.
I'm sorry, but country music ROCKS. I am fully prepared to fight anyone who disagrees with me. Only kidding! Country music has to be one of the best things America has done. I mean, Faith + Tim? C'mon!
Despite the opinions of some, I ADORE the diversity in this country. The genders, sexual orientations, races and ethnicities, religions, body types, beauties, personalities, etc., etc. It's my 100% absolute favorite thing about my country, hands down!
VARIETY OF SCENERY
No matter where you are, whether you're in the fields of Texas or the mountains of Washington, you'll find a beautiful sight in this country! Our variety of scenery and environments will never bore you. Another piece that I often find myself taking for granted when I shouldn't.
I mean, who doesn't like shopping and materialism? That's what we do best! Black Friday is an American tradition where citizens go shopping the day after Thanksgiving incredibly early - sometimes sales start Thanksgiving Day, but a majority of doorbusters and biggest steals still happen in the wee hours of 12-11 a.m. of Black Friday. This is a tradition that while problematic is still one of my favorites.
I've noticed the great passion Americans have for our nonprofit organizations and issues that we feel strongly about. Whether this is the Boys & Girls Club, Boy or Girl Scouts, the Human Rights Campaign or Planned Parenthood, citizens from all different spectrums of issues lead with compassion and love for their most cherished causes.
No matter what, our people are resilient. Not just on September 11, but every day. We are fighters, we are brave and we are loyal. And no matter what the election holds for us tonight, we will rise above and become better with each passing day.
So, what's your favorite part of living in your country? Leave it in the comments!
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BLOGGER: KATHRYN COFFMAN
Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.