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Stay Strong Virginia
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 from Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Posted: Apr 17, 2007 | 363 words | 0 Comments
Recently I posted a blog about how connected I feel with my country, now that I’ve spent the better part of a year exploring the United States. I’m getting closer to the day when I can say I’ve been to all 50 states and can look back on an entire year of how the people of this country have invited me into their homes, shared their lives with me, and have give me something to learn from for the rest of my life. I’ve only met a small portion of the country, but I feel like I can relate to everyone now.
Because of all this, when sad news strikes it seems to affect me in a way it never has before. Simply, I’m closer to the American people. Another national tragedy has hit, at a time when I’m experiencing the daily lives of Americans, the greatness of these people, how much they give, how welcoming they are, and the list goes on. Something I’ve always wanted from this trip is to show people how awesome this country is. And it is!
Virginia is still a few states away on my trip and they just went through the worst school shooting in American history. A school, why a school? My generation has grown up seeing school shooting after school shooting. It appears that nothing has been fixed, as it just got much worse. It hits harder now, closer to home, and I think of it in brand new ways.
During this trip I’ve seen some great things and there is all the reason in the world to see a better future from my experience. Watching the news and different media can be discouraging. However, as someone that’s on his way to all 50 states with a truly authentic experience of the country my message to people is this: do not lose faith in your country! Do not have fear or be afraid, just have faith! It’s an amazing place. Stay strong United States, stay strong!
My thoughts, prayers, and concerns for all those involved. My thoughts, prayers, and concerns for those cities around the world that endure this kind of violence every week.