Thursday, July 25, 2013

You'll never get over them

They will follow you whenever you go. They will tell you what to do and what not to. They will not let your mailbox feel abandoned.You owe them. They own you.

They are your bills. They can be all kinds - medical, credit, insurance, mortgage, car, utility. But they all want one thing from you - to get them paid. 

I wish someone told me about them before I came here, I might have though twice about moving and settling down. That's a joke, obviously, but with all seriousness, it's insane how quickly the bills add up, and how the cycle seems never-ending. I don't know about the rest of you, but every time I hear an add for another service that "will make my life easier" and "I won't be able to live without" all I can actually think about "Just another bill I don't really need". 

As mad and not-accepting as I can be about them, there's little I can do to change. That is unless I am willing to change the lifestyle I lead and give up on the things I enjoy having around me. You know, like light in my apartment and those 4 shiny wheels to take me places. I owe them. They own me. C'est la vie {in the states at least}

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Red. White. Blue.

Oh American people! I cannot think of any other nation in the world that carry so much pride and respect for their flag and belonging to their nation.

American patriotism isn't something that only gets infused by a national holiday and Olympic games, it's an everyday occurrence, a state of mind. Ask a 7 year old whose parents came to the states from anywhere in the world of what he/she is and the response without hesitation will be "I am American!" Heck, even wearing stripes and stars on a t-shirt or summer DIY'd cut-offs is a pretty cool thing among anyone, old and young, American or not. That's tough to beat.

Unlike most other nations in the world, this melting pot of global cultures and heritages is oh so proud of being American. Makes me smile, admire and envy just a little every time I come across its expression. If only they taught "How to Love Your Country" in schools... I keep on dreaming, taking my hat off and getting ready to watch the fireworks.

Happy Birthday, America! Stay beautiful.