Too often we take for granted our freedom. We have the remarkable ability to do whatever we want. We go to work (and can hate our job), we go to dinner (and can hate the cook), we get married (and can hate our spouse), we can speak out against unjust policies (and politicians we hate). We choose what we do and what we don’t do (squander opportunities).
We aren’t shoehorned into an ideal. We aren’t forced into a job or a marriage or a lifestyle. We may want something, but we are free to go out and get it. The only thing stopping us is ourselves (and gas prices).
If you want to be a writer, write. If you want to be an actor, act. If you want to be a teacher, teach. Find the opportunities. Seize the moments you are given. Take the time to cultivate your interests.
Why do we have these freedoms? Because someone fought for them. Someone died for them. They thought these freedoms were worth something, were valuable enough to fight for. We honor them today.
We should honor them everyday. With our lives. With our attitudes. With our words and deeds.
Today is but one day; but let’s make it such a day that we never forget those who fought and died for our country (even if you don’t get the day off).
Happy Memorial Day. To those who have served in the armed forced: Thank you for your service.