"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
Independence Day is just around the corner so it seemed fitting to post my favorite shot from the 4th of July last year.
I try to travel internationally on humanitarian aid trips once a year, spending time in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, etc. Places with full and rich cultures, but also where I’m often treated as a second class citizen for being a woman. Coming home to the U.S. is a relief each time. I have no blinders on, yes, my country is flawed. But the freedoms we experience here are unlike so many places around the world, and we take that for granted. Even the small things like not having a women’s curfew enforced, being able to look a man in the eyes when I talk to him, and not having to wait outside for men to eat meals first. Being treated as equal, as valuable, and being free to speak about it – those are the freedoms that set my heart pounding now. And that’s what Independence Day is about for me.
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” ~Robert J. McCracken
May liberty come to all nations.
And for now, Happy Birthday America!
And on a lighter note, I’m off to beautiful, (hopefully) sunny, and warm Winthrop, WA. It’s a little town just on the eastern side of the Cascades that has maintained a decided western vibe and boasts the oldest still-operational saloon in Washington state. J has a softball tournament this weekend so there will be games, camping, and relaxing aplenty!
What are you doing this weekend?