Let freedom ring! – Shazzy health

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Fourth of July is the epitome of American summer vacation, which is celebrated in the United States with parades, barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. It's a day that commemorates the declaration of independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation, but this year's celebrations will be a little different as people stay home and don't travel or gather in large groups.

America celebrated its liberation 244 years ago and we are still writing the history of freedom to this day. In the midst of a movement that calls for increased awareness and transformative measures to combat racial injustice and systemic corruption, it is clear that much remains to be done. June 19 commemorated the day when ALL Americans were finally liberated almost a century later, and this year the holiday sparked a lot of social discourse on how we actually define freedom. We are in the middle of a pandemic and there have been discussions about what our freedom will look like when mask commands and social distance parameters are enforced. What does independence and Independence Day really mean in 2020?

July 4thWhile many may argue that independence means being able to act fully, this is only half of the coin. Independence means making decisions and being able to take care of yourself without being dependent on someone else, and freedom is the right to have your own convictions and pursue your own interests without violating the right of others to do the same. Our freedom does not allow us to discriminate against others, nor does it allow us to endanger other people's health for our own individualism. Freedom and independence go hand in hand with the qualification that exercising your own freedoms does not interfere with someone else's, and unfortunately this is the sign so many overlook.

At a time when these rights are not being granted to everyone equally in America today, it is up to us to exalt those who do not fully experience the freedom upon which American identity depends. Our freedom is not freedom until everyone is really free, and celebrating America means celebrating the people who make up America. Let's celebrate independence for this fourth of July by barbecuing at home, lighting fireworks as we distance ourselves socially, and wearing masks with red, white, and blue. We can continue to exercise our freedom by signing petitions, voting, and speaking out against injustice. Because just like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia sounds thirteen times each year on July 4th in honor of the original thirteen colonies, it is the American way to let freedom ring.

Happy fourth! 🇺🇸

Sunitha KonathamSunitha Konatham, A Shazzy Fitness guest blogger is a college student and freelance writer who loves to spread joy and encouragement by writing about faith, health, music, and the little moments that make life a little sweeter on her blog: For that moment.

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