American freedom symbolises different things for different people. While the core principles of American Independence date back to 4th July 1776, people all over the world will have a different story to tell about what it means to be in the land of the free. As a British exchange student who spent my last year in South Carolina, I look back on my time abroad as one of the most carefree and joyful years of my life. As I sit in my computer chair sipping a cup of tea (pardon the positively dreadful stereotype) I reflect upon all the times I took American freedom for granted. In the red, white and blue spirit of Independence Day, here’s a Brits-eye view of what American freedom means to me.
American freedom makes dreams come true.
American freedom creates opportunity.
It’s setting up a volleyball team with a group of internationals.
American freedom is variation.
It’s learning that doing things a little differently is okay.
American freedom is team spirit.
It’s a cheerleading squad seeing it through to the end.
It’s 80,000 people rooting for the same team.
It’s standing on your feet for 4 hours straight.
American freedom is hospitality.
It’s going to an American home for Thanksgiving.
It’s being accepted for who I am.