The 5 Best Things About Living in America

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Recently, I asked this question on Twitter:

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With everything going on in the US, I was genuinely curious what people really thought and felt about this country.

Growing up, I was raised by a mom, who was probably the most realistic person I’ve ever met. She refused to be swayed in the magic of the American Dream that just seemed to happen out of thin air to some people. She knew that in order for that to be a reality you had to work at it. Nothing in life was free after all. She knew that America wasn’t the land with the golden roads and endless opportunities.

America was real. It was as real as the air that you breathed in inner-city Detroit or the smoke permeating the air in California. Sure, America wasn’t perfect, but neither was life. America is a place where people can dream big and where people can say what they want about whomever they want.

So, the best thing about America, I would have to say, is the freedom.

1–Freedom

We have freedom here in America. We are free to speak our minds. We are free to own and carry a gun, thanks to the second amendment. We have freedom to walk outside and organize a protest to fight against injustice. We have the freedom to fight for what we believe in. As Americans, we are free to do these things because that is what this country was built on. And it is one of the things that attracts so many to come here. Because when people are not free, then they live in fear. And what kind of life is that?

2–Landscape

There is no doubt that America is a very big country. In fact, it is the third largest country in the world, right behind Russia and Canada. Because of that, America boasts so many different types of landscapes. By driving or traveling by train from coast to coast, one can see so much of the terrain. And one can be amazed and in awe at the Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon to the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Every state, including Alaska and Hawaii, has something unique to offer, rather its the climate or the geography, or the mountains or the desert. There is something here for everyone.

3–Diversity

It is definitely no secret that America is a very diverse country. Some countries in other parts of the world are known for being quite mono ethnic. But in America, it is nice to be able to walk outside and see people who have different skin color and features and are of varying heights and sizes. It’s hard for me to imagine what it would be like to live in a country in which everyone have the same ethnic background. For me, as a biracial individual, that would almost be an impossibility.

The fact that there is diversity in this country is what makes America great. Because there is diversity, it gives us more opportunities to learn about people’s backgrounds and cultures. It makes us more open minded and tolerant. Of course, America isn’t perfect and we still have a long way to go to combat some of the internal racism that unfortunately many people are still experiencing today (including yours truly).

But we can combat this racism by first and foremost embracing diversity as one of America’s greatest assets and not as a disadvantage or an annoyance.

4–Strength

America is a very young country, and yet it can’t be denied that America is a very strong country. When an outside force threatens us, then we, as Americans, come together as a unified force. Unity is oftentimes the only thing that can help beat a greater adversity.

I remember after 9/11 happened, so many examples of patriotism cropped up in the media. Even more recently, we were — and continue to be — united during the Covid-19 pandemic. We remained an unbreakable force on social media, even when we were under lock down and physically separated from other Americans. After the tragic murder of George Floyd, so many people risked their good health and lives to speak out against the injustice of it all by marching together.

Whenever something horrible happens, Americans stand together. This unity is what makes America great because it transforms the non-believers into dreamers.

5–Dreams

In America, dreams can come true. At least, that is what I’ve always been told in history books and novels. In America, if you have the idea and the dream, then you can achieve it. In America, if you work hard, then you can move up the social economic ladder and even, eventually, break and shatter the highest glass ceiling. In America, anything is possible if you have a dream and enough nerve to achieve it.

So, America is a country that still has a lot to learn, and it has made a lot of mistakes. But at the same time, it has also done so much good for other people and nations. Because of that, we shouldn’t give up hope on America. We should keep believing that one day, perhaps sooner than we think, America will be even better. As long as we remain united, then all things are possible.

What do you think? What is the best thing about America? Feel free to comment here, or on my twitter thread. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

27 thoughts on “The 5 Best Things About Living in America

  1. I found your post interesting and illuminating. I agree with your post. There is a plethora of wonderful things about the United States. Amid adversity we often unite, and even when fighting amongst one another, we unite to quell an outside force. The other thing I found wonderful about our country aside from the dream, its strength/unity, its scenery, diversity, and freedom is the ability to be an individual. So many other countries are collectivistic in nature, which means that the person is considered an apart of a unit, a family, and not an individual within that unit/family. In the United states, the individual is differentiated from this unit. Yes, we are a part of our families, but we are individuals that make up that unit instead of a whole unit itself. I think this is important, as we are meant to blaze our own paths through life. We are meant to work for the dream. If the entire unit is born in a caste level in many countries, that person and their family remain int hat caste from birth to death with hopes of being more in a next life if they have performed well as a human in this life. In our culture, there is an emphasis on the individual that many find distasteful, but I find it wonderfully fascinating and healthier than its counterpart. The individual can rise to greater heights and bring their family and friends along with them. There is no one station in life. There is, as the old adage goes, the sky is the limit if only you reach for it and as you so eloquently stated, we work hard for it. thank you so much for your post. Thank you for helping me see what is good about who we are as a culture and a country. I’ll remember this when I get considerably annoyed with what I see and hear on the news or social media. CSA

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    1. Hello Clennell, thank you so much for reading & taking the time to respond. I’m so glad that you found this point interesting & useful.
      I agree with what you said about how the US is fundamentally an individualistic society. Some countries like South Korea are collectivist societies. and it is evident in their language. They often use the words”our” and “we” instead of “my” and “me” when talking about themselves. Furthermore, their surnames are given a higher degree of importance than here. I suppose reflecting back on their family, heritage, and their roots. As an American, that is interesting and even foreign to me. I’m glad that this country is individualistic because it allows each of us to be … well, selfish… and pursue our own dreams. Perhaps we may even be too selfish… but at the end of the day we’ve got to branch out and live our own lives in order to be successful.
      Thank you again Clennell.

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      1. Awesome response! I agree that we may be a little selfish as a nation, but when it really counts we unite and band together to take care of ourselves and our country. However, being an individual as a part of the unit helps us to be who we are meant to be instead of who everyone else wants us to be. I don’t know why that’s so important to me, but it is. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my thoughts on your post. I truly enjoyed it and I enjoyed your response to me. Looking forward to more conversations! CSA

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  2. It’s always funny to me when Americans claim they have the most freedoms or that America is known for being a free country when so many other European nations actually offer MORE freedoms to its citizens than America ever has….

    But we do have one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, so that’s a pretty legit selling point.

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    1. That is true. America is not the best country. We still have a lot to learn and improve. There are a lot of other countries that offer better healthcare and education systems.

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  3. Helen, your post is wonderful and very well written. I believe that our diversity is our greatest strength. You came up with five great reasons to love America. Thank you for sharing and following my blog. Take care.

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  4. Reblogged this on PTSD Beautiful Trauma and commented:
    Good Morning America 🙂 Here is an Italian Lady calling from Parisian suburbian. I am working for a multicultural and multiracial american company since 13 years NOW. Diversity is one of our KEYS and one of major real reasons why I have sticked into it that far. I wish I could share my global mind with the rest of the world, and it’s no secret… this website and my writing is addressed to an american public. First, because I had an American Dream since early age, in fact Italy is a mirror of american Country (only 30 or maybe 50 years later) and second, I feel it as karmic. That’s it. This morning I am glad I found this like in my WP page, let’s unfold an ideal bridge over troubled water and yes, CELEBRATE our diversity and global community. I am eager to start discussion with you, young lady, on my baby born group. You would be the first and very Welcome !!! ps. the group is meant as support group but I never said mental health as label to topics, it’s open and the fact that we can share about ANYTHING is maybe what makes the difference to other groups …. Amazing Warriors fight for any good cause, you validate my choice for the right cover image 😉 Until soon x

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  5. This is a wonderful essay on America and how and why it is a great country. It’s really thoughtful and very well written and full of heart. If everyone else were like you, America would definitely become the greatest country not just in the world but throughout history.

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  6. I enjoyed this post very much. In these difficult times, it is much more common to hear about all the things that are wrong with America. It was a refreshing change to hear about what’s right with America.
    Thanks!

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  7. America does fascinate me, and I’d love to visit one day. I worked with a friend once years ago from America, and she would talk about the summer schools you have where children can go on holiday for weeks, she loved it. We have nothing like that in the UK. As a first time visitor, what part of the States would you recommend visiting first? Thank you

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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading! America is such an interesting country with many wonderful things to do. The summer camps that children can go to during the summer are fun, though I’ve never been. If you were to visit the US for the first time, I think that largely depends on your interest, whether you have kids, what you most like to visit on vacation. If you like the beach, I recommend going to Florida. You could visit Disney World especially if you have any kids. Washington DC would be another good place to visit the museums and national monuments. New York City if you want to see the city. There’s just so many places that it’s hard to pinpoint which one. It all largely depends on your interests.

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