"Be the Change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi "I will be a Hummingbird, I will do the best that I can." -Wangari Maathai "Where stereotypes begin with a grain of truth, cliches begin with a boulder" - George Watsky "And she's gonna learn, that this life will hit you - hard - in the face - wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach, but getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs, how much they like the taste of air." - Sarah Kay "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded." -Suheir Hammad

For Granted:

Why do people take things for granted nowadays? Technology, Love, Our government.

I want you to examine your house. Do you have a computer? A phone? A stove? A fridge? A TV? A car? A light switch? What would your life be without it? You don't know. You're too worried about what happened last night on So You Think You Can Dance. But only a short while ago, none of this stuff was here. Did you thank the people responsible, even in the least bit by respecting the things they put their blood sweat and tears into? No? Didn't think so. Does Russia or Pakistan have things like this? No? Didn't think so.

Are you in a relationship? Do you cherish the relationship you're in? Are you married? Are you committed like you said you were when you took your vow? Or is marriage equivalent to changing your Facebook relationship status to, "in a relationship"? Divorce rates are sky high right now, but so are marriage rates. Does that make sense? No? Didn't think so. Do they get married and divorced in Kenya or India? No? Didn't think so...

Are you a fan of Obama? Is it because he's black? Is it because he made one decision you disagreed with? Is it because you believe the Global Enquirer? Have you ever agreed with a president, or any other form of government, including the cop who gave you a ticket (which is the same cop that took the serial rapist off the street.)? No? Didn't think so. Do they get a say in the government in North Korea or Cuba? No? Didn't think so.

If you haven't caught on by now, we are a spoiled spoiled country. I've met few and far who don't fit under any of these three categories. Most fit under at least one, if not two. But it's mainly in this country. You wonder why the world makes fun of us. America has it's amazing ups. Being it's technology is updated, it's social rules are manageable, and we have a say in our government. But there are ways for all of this to work to everyone's benefit. When will you learn taking the short cut to fit in with society is hurting you, and the stereotype of your country?