I have been listening to a lot of podcasts about war, soldiers, and all the tragedies that come with combat. And if there is one thing that I have gotten from doing this, it is gratitude. I am an American. I was born in America under Korean parents who immigrated. I am the first generation to be born in America.
My parents left their homes to come to the land of opportunity. A land that was fought for on both national and foreign grounds. And it was not just the blood and lives of my countrymen that paid for my freedom, but millions of others that served for their own countries that were united under the same idea to fight evil, and to purchase freedom.
Although I did not have an easy life growing up, much of it was still sheltered simply by the fact that I was in America. Although I faced poverty, homelessness, physical/verbal abuse, even though I faced all these things, because of the fact that I faced them in America, I was able to overcome them in ways that are completely unavailable to millions around the world.
There are so many things to be grateful for that we are not even aware of. No matter where you live in the world, there has been strangers that never even imagined knowing you that has died for you, for your right to freedom. Even if you may be living in an oppressed country, people have died for you. You are more cherished and love than you could ever know.
I just hope that we could all understand that, because if there is one thing that this country could use, it is humility.
It’s that simple,