Today is The United States of America‘s birthday! Happy Independence Day to you, America, and all Americans out there! July 4th is always a fun day for everyone across the nation because it’s all about summer, barbecue, picnics, and of course — fireworks!
But, this year — I want to really remember our country. We’ve been through a lot in the last few years, and it’s a good day to have fun with family and friends, but also to learn something about our home and remember it’s a pretty great place to live! I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints lately about the U.S. not being the greatest country in the world because we don’t have the lowest infant mortality rate or best economy right now, etc. and for you guys — just remember this:
For a country that’s less than 300 years old, The United States of America…
- Is the world’s 3rd largest country behind Russia and China in terms of area
- Has the world’s largest coal reserves with 491 short tons
- Has a 99% literacy rate
- Is ranked 12th in the world in terms of GDP
And these were just facts I spit out at you from the CIA World Factbook. I could do that all day, but the fact of the matter is that The United States doesn’t need to be #1 in every list to be the greatest country in the world. Ask someone like me who is from another country where I feel more safe, powerful, and unconquerable — then maybe you’ll understand.
I’ll never be less proud of my Indian heritage and background, but that’s what makes this country even more amazing: I can bring it with me. America is the melting pot of the world, and you’ll never be asked to leave your belongings behind. Diversity is welcome; bring your baggage along, we say! This is the home of the downtrodden, the freedom seeking and dreamers.
So, ask me again: why is The United States of America the greatest country in the world? Because anything really is possible here, and there might be a trillion statistics or maybe zero that I could present you to prove my point. If you’re not from this country, you won’t understand the pride of Americans until you get here, and we have a lot to change and improve (and hopefully, we will soon). But if you’re an American, stop complaining because we’ll never be #1 in everything (is that ever possible in anything in life?), but you’ll never have the freedom or capacity to dream as big as you do here anywhere else.
Happy Independence Day, everyone! And Happy Birthday, America! I love you!