Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!
A few centuries ago, the United States of America was built up by courageous people who sold everything and made long, dangerous journeys to the other side of the world for a shot at living life on their own terms.
Today, thanks to their courage and determination, along with that of the brave men and women of our armed forces who leave everything behind to defend our freedom and independence across the globe, we get to live in a country where the opportunities are nearly endless. I am truly grateful to call this country home, especially having seen the limitations and hardships people must endure in many parts of the world.
But are we still the “land of the free, and the home of the brave”? I’m not so sure.
Everywhere I look today, people are worried about their retirement plans, their insurance benefits, their “job security”, complaining that our employers and our government aren’t doing enough to take care of us.
Our ancestors didn’t risk it all to get “good jobs” and a 401(k) plan – they did it to make a LIFE. They sought the opposite of security, which is freedom, and so should we.
I think it’s time we all stop worrying and start living. Stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for our life. It’s time to challenge our fears and embrace liberty. Stop clamoring for security and start pursuing happiness.
This 4th of July, as you enjoy the cookouts and fireworks, make your Declaration of Independence. Decide what you really want out of life, then make a pact with yourself to realize your dreams. Take charge, take risks, and let passion be your guide instead of fear.
Do something awesome. I know you have it in you!
It won’t be easy, of course, but there are lots of people who can help you when you’re ready to take the next step. All you have to do is make up your mind to begin.
Are you ready for your Independence Day? How can I help?