I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Whenever I say that I usually get carried away and try to tell you all a long winded story about how the Positivity Award was whittled by hand from the actual cherry tree that George Washington chopped down. Turns out that tree was ultimately used for his dentures and to create a sailing vessel that he used to cross the Mississippi. All of that is true…I digress.
The Fourth of July is all about, you know, independence and stuff and I think Budweiser and country music. For some reason it has also come to be about denim. Actually, if I had to summarize America in one word I think “denim” would do nicely.
However, when you really think about it, the Fourth of July is about being able to do the things you like and love. The word happiness is right in the goddam declaration. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Sometimes our country might come up a little short in the equality department but that doesn’t mean we as a community have to. If November Project was a nation ( we haven’t ruled it out yet) I think we’d in the very least be commended for our efforts towards life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Fourth of July is often glossed over as a throw away holiday reserved for drinking beer and faux patriotism. But maybe we can take more pride in it than that. We’re lucky enough to be able to pursue happiness by waking up, throwing on some running shoes we’re fortunate enough to have, running to a park that is free and open and relatively clean, meeting up with wonderful smart people and enjoying our morning in the way we desired. That’s a pretty cool thing and something we need to cherish and strive to pass on to others who might be less fortunate.
That’s all I’m going to say about that. This holiday, as you sit with friends, barbecuing pork and beef meats and talking about all of the cool things you’re going to do with your life (including being part of a tribe) take a moment and think about how great those opportunities are. Think about the people you have met and will meet through all of the great things you do. I think it’s pretty incredible that i’m lucky enough to live in a place that allows me to know you all. And maybe, by coming together, we can help others have those same opportunities. I
Happy Fourth of July everyone. Go out in the world, be kind, be safe ,help others, and do great things.
As always, keep taking big bites out of life.
LA LOVES BALTIMORE!!!!!! ( Courtesy of a Los Angeles Co-leader sabotaging the Baltimore blog)
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