Jul 4, 2009
Its been one year since I left the United States to start a life in Berlin. It has been a year full of surprises, challenges and adventure. Some days all I wanted to do was go back home, get a 44 oz Diet Dr. Pepper filled with ice, cruise the aisles of Target and be able to freely communicate with everyone around me. For the most part though, I found myself falling deeper and deeper in love with this amazing city and dreading the thought of ever having to leave it.
However, this time away has helped me appreciate some things about my home country that I'd taken for granted. Most importantly - the concept of Personal Liberty that is completely entrenched in the national psyche and influences so much of America's laws and policies. I never realized how much that concept influences the way we think, what we value and how we shape our day to day lives. I also value the rich diversity in the United States and believe this is the country's greatest strength. We are all different, working together to build a free society that is welcoming to all...and I love that, even if our efforts aren't perfect.
Happy 4th of July everyone!!
(now all you in the States...please go drink a COLD drink full of ICE for me and enjoy some good Mexican food or maybe some Brisket...mmmm brisket....)