My family came to this country without anything but the clothing on our backs. With the help of church and government, my parents were able to make sure we had food, clothing and shelter.

Sure they were hand me downs from strangers who donated it. And the food were paid for by food stamps, and our shelter was in a dangerous neighborhood of Philadelphia… but that was like heaven compared to a concentration camp. We were very appreciative.

With 7 kids to take care of, my mom was tough on us about education and respect for authorities.

Now all 7 of us contribute to society and continue to live the American dream.

In America, we have this thing call the freedom to pursue happiness. That’s a privilege that some of us forget we have. You have the right to be happy, as long as you’re not hurting anyone.

My 9 year old ask me about equality. At first, I was struggling to give him an easy simple view on what exactly does it mean to some people.

And as I was explaining it to him, I came to conclusion there are 2 prominent types of equality according to majority of people. Hence the divide.

Democrats, liberals etc… have this belief that everyone should have equal things.

Republicans, conservative etc… have the belief that everyone should have equal opportunities.

NOW, this doesn’t apply to ALL dem and rep… but it generalizes their beliefs.

Equal things and equal opportunities are completely different. You can’t believe in both.

Equal things believers want to take from the rich and give to the poor to try to make sure everyone has close to equal amount of things. If you have more, you should contribute more.

Equal opportunity believers want to ensure that everyone, regarding gender, race, age, sexual preference, are given the same opportunities to achieve and eventually contribute to the pot.

There’s extremist on both sides. I get that.

Equal opportunities exist, it does. I’ve seen it first hand. BUT, that’s not to say that there aren’t people and systems trying to make sure that you don’t succeed. BUT your success is up to you. You decide whether you’re successful or not.

I’ve heard people complain saying they did give it a try and they failed and it’s not their fault. So they gave up. That’s it.

Every success story didn’t make it the first time they try. Some have tried thousands of time… if Edison gave up just after the first try, the world wouldn’t be the same as it is now. He made 1,000 attempts in order to achieve the goal he desired. Those are the crazies that change the world and move mankind forward.

Most people want instant gratification, they believe that if I try and I work hard, success will come immediately. And if it doesn’t, they give up and blame everyone else for their failure. Instead of using it as a learning experience on what to do on the next try.

There should always be a next try. A different approach. Always. Until you get what you want. Otherwise, you don’t really want it, do you.

It’s okay to fall. When your baby makes his first attempt at walking and fall, you don’t say “oh well, walking is just not for you, too bad… just going to have to use a walker for the rest of your life”… no. You help him try and try and try and try again. Baby steps work.

In america, you see successful people of all race, gender, age, sexuality… When they say america is the land of the free, its’ not about free things… it’s about free opportunities.

And EVERYONE have opportunities… if you stop and actually take a moment to see what’s in front of you, you’ll realize that all this time, God has always been watching you and giving you what you need to succeed.

Bad things happens to people. Happens to good people. Happens to all types of people. But bad things don’t make you who you are. It’s a test to see if you’re a human or a worm…

I wish you all the best of luck on your life’s adventures.

With LOVE and only love, VeeVee McGeeGee πŸ™‚