It's no secret that America is one of the most visited and most loved places in the world. From Alabama to Wyoming, the United States of America has something going on in every state with something for everyone to enjoy. Some of those things are more iconic than others. Here are 26 of the most iconic American things ever:
We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.
There's fat people and skinny people.
But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.
1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat
Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.
2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight
You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.
3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish
Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?
4. But you know this is probably true for most people
When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.
5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month
November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.
February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.
6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back
A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.
7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice
Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.
8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes
I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.
9. You wonder what other people think when they see you
Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?
10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare
Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.
11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs
You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.
12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals
You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.
13. Body positivity comes and goes
There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.
14. You always try on the biggest size first
Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.
15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not
You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.
16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty
Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.
17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment
Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.
18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before
You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.
19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing
The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.
Many people see the Fourth of July as fireworks, barbecues or Old Navy t-shirts but this American holiday is more than an object or activity.
The Fourth of July stands for independence and freedom. This day is for us to look back and see the good our country has done instead of the bad. We look at the average day people who are seen as heroes by many. People are the Fourth of July, not flashing lights and family baseball. People make up our country, and they are the ones who decide if they want to make it great or not.
America in 1776 used this day to celebrate our independence after signing the Declaration of Independence. During this time, we had finally been free from the British Empire and from then on we have lived on as our own country. We as a nation live our life, and we are given more rights than many other countries. We are given the right to speak and express. We are given the right to love. We may not be the perfect nation but we, the people, are still correcting and attempting to make life better.
The Fourth of July is a day to look at your loved ones and be happy that history brought you here today. Your family’s descendants have different backgrounds, and without our independence, they may have never immigrated to America. Lately, there has been a split between people after the election of 2016. People with different beliefs on what America has become and will become began to clash. However, without delving deeper into this situation, America is still here, and these people who have conflict still live here. Our differences and clashing beliefs are what makes us Americans. We are allowed to think and speak out. We are allowed to change something we don't like. We are allowed to show emotion whether it be sadness, hatred or love. We are allowed to become whoever we set our minds to. We are allowed to be ourselves. Even if you aren't in love with the idea of America’s present situations, you at least have to see the bigger picture of what makes America the way it is. What makes us free? The laws or is it you as a person? We may still need to fight some battles, but we are freer than most others.
The Fourth of July may not be your favorite holiday, but it is a day to contemplate and think of how far we've come as a nation and how far we will go as a nation. This isn't decided on whoever is president or new laws this is decided by you. The people get to make our future. The next generation gets to make America better than where we left off. The Fourth of July is a special day to not only celebrate the history of our independence but a day to believe in the future of our country and what we as people can accomplish.