Today is a noteworthy day in the eyes of this world, Canadians especially- it’s Canada Day! 147 years old…now THAT is a lot of birthdays.
It’s hard to believe that Canada was declared a country back in 1867 and amazing to see how far we have come as a nation since then.
Last year, reigning as Miss Teen Ontario East, I was able to attend our town’s annual Canada Day Parade. Everyone sure knows how to get decked out in red and white and you can just sense the pride every time you turn around and see more red clothing. As a nation, it is safe to say that we are proud of our country, and if we weren’t, we would not gather together, celebrate, and wear red and white.
I have always felt so fortunate to live here in Canada. My mom was born in the Philippines and fate led her to this country, which leads me to think, that, I really could have been born and raised anywhere on the planet. In my case, it happened to be in Canada which I was born and raised. I feel as though, personally, it sometimes slips my mind just how fortunate we are to live in such a safe, free and wealthy country. Keeping updated on the news about different countries is just one reminder of how lucky we are to live here. We do not have to be afraid to practice our own culture, religion and tradition, and we do not have to be afraid to go outside to do activities for leisure such as going for a walk. Most of us are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and food on the table everyday. We are lucky to live in a country that accepts us for who we are and allows us to celebrate and embrace our diversity. We are fortunate in all of these ways and these are few of the many reasons why I feel proud to live here.
As a country, we are also proud in a way, that, we have helped out other countries both in small and large ways. On a personal note, I am able to say that there is no greater pride than wearing a “Canada” t-shirt on foreign soul with an awareness that you are there to support the common good of other nations.
Happy Birthday, Canada!