Thursday, December 14, 2006

Garden variety of choices

People ask me why do I love living in the United States ? I say it is the choices that are present in the United States & can't be found any where else are the main reason.

It is up to the individuals themselves to make whatever choice they want to make, and when the choice turns out to be a bad one they have no one to blame but themselves. Why? Because it is they who made the choice in the first place, the parents don't make choices for their children in here, the teachers, the doctor, the lawyer, or your next door neighbor don't make choices for you, it is you who make a choices for yourself.

If you don't like your present job, quit and look for another job somewhere else, the opportunity is there for you, you just have to look for it and it isn't too much to ask for.

If you don't like living in this part of the town, then pick up your stuff and move to whatever part of the town that suits your need, you need not be stuck living in the same place or same neighborhood for the rest of your life.

If you don't like your appearance change it, either by changing the way you dress, the way you style your hair, or you can even change your entire facial expressions if you really want to do that.

If you don't like your car then sell it and buy another car with another model and more horse power to it, you need not stay stuck with the same car for ever.

I mean all of these are just samples to give you an idea about the wide variety of choices that exist in America, they are by no means representative of every choice but I'm sure that you get the jest of it.

It is very nice in my opinion to be able to decide for yourself, it gives you a sense of empowerment, a feeling of boldness, and when the choice turns out to be great you feel the ecstasy emanating out of you. By the same token when your choice turns out to be bad you feel the agony of defeat, but still it isn't so bad because it was you who made those good and bad choices in the first place.

I recently made a choice to be involved in the lives of the gifted and academically enriched children ages 11 to 14, and what an exciting experience it turned out to be, those gifted children have a lot of talents hidden underneath their sleeves, you be surprised how much of cognitive skills they have, sometimes they keep me on my toes throughout the period that I spend with them.

This is by the way totally volunteer program aims at helping to further the knowledge and depth of abstract reasoning for children in sixth through eighth grade.

Some people may have a choice of working with senior citizens, some may choose to work with people that are physically and mentally challenged, some people choose to do nothing and live their life without doing any paid or unpaid work, the choice is still yours.

In America the choices are endless, the menu of choices is so long it could be wrapped around the entire globe several times and there would still be more choices written on it for you to choose from.

Endless choices

4 comments:

Qwaider قويدر said...

Choice ... is definitely one of the most amazing things about the US, yet, the complexity of these choices AND the non-protected consequences might be too much to handle by many

Luai said...

Why do I love living here, I would say that it's the people who live here! Honesty and hard work mean something, your merits speak for themselves, and if you want something you work hard for it and obtain it. Where youth are provided an opportunity and empowered to act and make changes in their lives and communities. And a place where you are judged for who you are.

kinzi said...

I'm more with Luai...I love America for the people, the freedom to create (and fail).

Choices in terms of 'stuff' just take energy I don't have. I flip out in Krogers having to find cereal or plain yogurt...I like WalMart because I knw exactly where I can find everything, and don't even have to look down other aisles. But, I do appreciate choices in other areas.

Hatem Abunimeh said...

Thank you Luai, Kinzi, and Qwaider for stopping by.

Many people say they love America for the freedom, democracy, and the money they can make while working in there, I say while all these things are very important, still, for me having all of the many available choices is the main reason why I love America.