Sorry for my long absence, but I have been without a personal computer for almost a month! I know, crazy to think a teenager could stray away from technology for that long. Don't worry I still had my iPhone (and a couple funny stories coming about it later). I don't even know where to begin with my summer! So much has happened and I know I tell myself each year that "this summer is the best", but truly I think that this summer is my best. Maybe each summer experience is not necessarily better, but unique for the different travels we do and stages I am at during those times. Anyways, today I wanted to relay my past few weeks, so brace yourself and click read more!
I have to say I absolutely love Fall. I think it is a beautiful season and the crisp weather is invigorating to the soul. I love driving down my street and seeing the leaves glowing with red and yellow hues. Life has been pretty busy as usual, but I have been trying to incorporate some relax time into my days. I think it is really important to get outside, breathe in some fresh air, and just be present. Sometimes I feel best when I am sharing this with others, but some days I feel most productive and refreshed when I go on an outing all alone. I think it is really important for us to cultivate the ability to enjoy life on our own that way when we spend it with others we can enhance the atmosphere. There is a huge difference between being alone and feeling lonely: Sometimes we feel lonely when we are in a room full of people. Getting rid of this loneliness can all be boiled down to what we bring to our environment and our outlook on life...
Independence Day is almost like an undercurrent to transcendentalism. Through hard work and self-reliance these few strong individiuals were able to break through tradition and a society that was keeping them trapped. I have yet to cultivate this self-reliance. It is so difficult to successfully attain independence.
It is also important to note that if we reach a state of freedom, we must not abuse it. We will take necessary steps to thrive happily, but we don't make it a place where others are suffering on our behalf. Every action should be done with careful thought as to how its outcome will firstly benefit us and then affect others. If the government was selfish in its acts, then slavery wouldn't have been eliminated and who knows, the government could have looked more tyrannical than representative. In 1776, when we broke free we weren't just declaring an end to suppression, we were spurring a beginning of rights for all. Rights I realized upon returning from Asia are ever precious to a greater well-being because one has the ability here to pursue a multitude of opportunities.
On a last note, I thought Calvin Coolidge's words from his speech celebrating the 150th anniversary of Independence Day captured its essence well:
"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers."