4th of July thoughts

daily journal Jul 4, 2020

I've never felt less American than 4th of July last year.

Every time I return to the USA after being gone for a long time, I experience culture shock in a completely new, unexpected way. In 2019, I'd just returned after a year and a half of living in Asia and South America and having been in a relationship with a European. I hadn't really had a lot of contact with American culture (not like I'm used to, at least).

I was watching some 4th of July outdoor concert on TV with my family and thinking about how much brainwashing and bullshit was obviously in it. I felt unAmerican, but not like I belonged anywhere else... it was a really lost time for me.

Fast forward a year, and I feel American again. I really love this country, it's so vast with so many different landscapes, cultures, cuisines, all mishmashed together. It's home. It has its bullshit, but every single country does.

Madison Taskett

Austinite 🌮 experimenting in my job and personal life, always optimizing for disproportional returns. :) This blog is a daily look into my mind. It's raw, honest, and reflective, and I post often.