More Of The Same
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln
if there is one thing that social media has shown me is that despite all our differences, Americans have many shared experiences that we all can relate to. At a time when we seem to be more divided than ever, I thought I’d share a few things that prove that I have more in common with the next person than you might think. If you think about it, you probably do also.
I wear a size 8 shoe. That is an average size foot for women in America which means I am never far from someone I can borrow shoes from.
Pizza is my favorite food. If i have a rough day and come home to find even my dog is judging me, the comfort food I am going to reach for is pizza. Ninety three per cent of Americans have eaten pizza this month.
If i am angry, I rehearse arguments in my head. I think it might be a common thing to make you feel more prepared about confronting someone and it is definitely better when i imagine myself “winning”.
I worry about offending anyone with body odor or bad breath. I shower every day, use deodorant and brush my teeth as often as possible.
i hate when I pocket dial someone and they call me back and i have to say I didn’t really want to speak to you.
i am very direct. I usually talk first and think later. Being assertive is generally seen as a good thing in America.
I like denim. I’m still not super comfortable with the double denim look.
i had a Diet Coke addiction and now I drink it once in a while. I notice the while time is getting shorter.
i am very careful around police officers. There are too many unstable human beings with guns. If they tell me to pull over and stay in the car, I stay in the car. I look directly at the officer smile and say,”What seems to be the problem, officer?” I never argue or avert eye contact. If you are from another country never offer money. If you are not white, try not to get pulled over.
I have the right to pursue happiness. Most of us are not happy and our country is a mess because of this. It is actually written down that we can all be out for ourselves and pursue our own happiness. That is what connects us.