This is not the kind of blog post where I rant about my political views. I hardly consider myself politically savvy to begin with, but I must say, I’ve never been more proud to be from the United States.
By some divine chance I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. I’m always eager to talk about where I come from, but also wary of coming across as an abrasive foreigner.
From an outsider’s perspective, I notice how often the U.S. gets criticized for focusing on irrelevant topics, like if the president prefers boxers or briefs or how great our first lady looked in her H&M gown on Regis and Kelly. At the same time, I was also surprised to see how closely Europeans followed the U.S. elections.
Las noticias in Spain did heavy election coverage, which stirred some brief political discussions with my host family at the dining room table. The front cover of Paris’ Libération newspaper proudly celebrated Obama’s re-election by publishing a side-profile shot of him on their front cover, casually leaning back on a chair with his arms crossed behind his head with a gratified smile on his face, which read “YES!” in bold white font.
I am grateful. Grateful for my health, my family, and grateful that I live in a privileged country where I can take advantage of the opportunities that I know others wish they had.
My friends in Morocco are seeking ways to come to America to receive a better education. The amount of home eviction suicides in Spain right now is devastating. According to The Sacramento Bee, the recent bombing in Tel-Aviv sent 27 people to the hospital. No matter how hard things may seem as Americans, we must always count our blessings.
Our country is slowly recovering from natural disasters and economic hardships, but despite these circumstances, we will never falter as a nation.
“Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.”