I've had the privilege to travel to other countries. I have observed and experienced the lives of others. Sometimes I am hit with an overwhelming thankfulness for being Canadian. Something I had no role in deciding. Was it luck that I was born here and not in a grass hut in rural India?
Are there things that could be improved in Canada? Sure! Our country is far from perfect. But it is a REALLY great place to live. Sick? Walk into a hospital and someone will help you without first asking if you can pay the bill. Need to commune with nature? Even if you live in the biggest Canadian city a pristine natural experience is only few hours drive away. Truly amazing!
A picture from Lower Beverly Lake, less than 5 minutes from The Gecko.
When you travel through other countries. "Where are you from?" is a standard question. It's a way of people assessing you. I am always very proud to say "I am Canadian." Usually you are asked for your country even before your name. Actually, often you're never asked your name and are referred to as 'the Canadian' by 'the German'.
I hope today everyone in my country stops for a moment to be Happy to be Canadian. I know I am!
Happy Birthday Canada!