Shout it loud – it deserves to be loud. It is freedom, and it should be a basic right for everyone – but it isn’t.
Today is Veteran’s Day, and that made me think about how lucky I am to have freedom, and how grateful I am to the people who have sacrificed to make sure I have it. I can never say it enough times.
While it is sad that people still have to fight to make sure we have freedom, we cannot be naïve. This is the way of the world – at least for now. We can always work toward making a better tomorrow. And we should never give up in this quest – ever!
So, then what is a hero? Why are these people special? I believe that everyone of us has traces of heroism inside us. We all have the potential to be heroes; we all might lay down our lives under the right (or wrong) conditions. What parent would not sacrifice themselves for their child? And wouldn’t you also do it to save your spouse? Perhaps for others in your family or your friends? That strength is in us all. What about that teacher who was just killed saving a student from a gunman – a hero to be sure.
But would you lay down your life for a concept? Freedom? Truth? Equality? Free speech? I think that this is what separates the everyday hero from the ones we thank today.
The people who have sacrificed – and died – to give us (complete strangers) our rights have forfeited their most precious possession, their life, so that ours might be better. They didn’t know us, and we didn’t know them, but that never stopped them. And now we have the right to be free, to assemble, to worship wherever we choose, to speak out, to seek happiness, and yes, we even have the right to be a jerk.
These are things we should not forget. Let’s not take these things for granted. Let’s be thankful for our freedoms; and let’s use them to the fullest (except maybe the jerk thing – it’s okay to tone that down a bit).
On this day of freedoms, let us use our freedom of speech to spread love and positivity to everyone. Don’t just think it – SAY IT! And if you happen to see a veteran, please tell them “THANK YOU!”