11 May 2011

Das Land der unbegrenzten Moeglichkeiten

Das Land der unbegrenzten Moeglichkeiten = the land of unlimited possibilities

After living in America for over ten years, in my opinion, it is still just that!I don't think that it is as free as it always claims to be - for that I actually think you should try some of the European countries. But I believe that the possibilities here are infinite.

Let me explain what I mean by that. It is that you can be anybody that you want to be, if you decide it to be and if you work hard to become that person. Say you were a bad student just because one was lazy as a kid, or didn't get the right encouragement. Well, if you put your mind to it later in life, you can still do it.

If you decide to change carriers, not just jobs, but the whole carrier, you can do that over here. And nobody thinks you are crazy. Where I come from, it seems you are more stuck. Go to school, be studious, make a carrier, and stay in there until retirement. To go back to school at the age of 40 and start all over again is just unthinkable. Here, I am actually not scared to be a stay-at-home-mom having no carrier to speak off, at least for right now, but hey, I can go back to school, at 40 or 50.

I can start my own business, and there won't be endless stumbling blocks in my way. In Germany, it seems, there are tons of applications and papers to fill out, laws to abide (stupid ones) and then you have to wait.... Here, in the land of those unlimited possibilities, I can just start right tomorrow!

When I said, I don't think it is as free over here, by that I meant the little things that are annoying, but one can live with them. When I can't go to the beach at night because it is a state park that is closed at night, I am just a little bothered. That to me is no freedom! I want to go then I go.... in Europe.
When I can own a Porsche but I can't drive it, I mean drive it (with no speed limits) then I am displeased and feel like why bother having a fast car!?! Where is the freedom?
When I can buy a gun at 18 but not drink, that makes no sense to me! I find it should be the responsibility of the parents and ultimately the child.... but I am sure there are many people out there that don't think like me! That is okay. I can live with that.... 

Don't get me wrong, there are still LOTS of things that are freer in this country than anywhere else.... like homeschooling! And I am grateful for that freedom!!! God bless America.... and anybody else.


C. Beth said...

I really enjoyed this post. It's interesting where various countries choose to give freedom, or choose to put up red tape. I like your perspective since mine is so limited!