As Americans celebrate their freedom on the Fourth of July, mostly are not aware of the day’s true meaning. All they know about is the Fourth of July is a celebration of fireworks and food.
But before commemorating Independence Day, Americans must first be freed from these popular myths about it.
As what Business Insider has listed, here are some facts about the Fourth of July that most Americans don’t know about.
The delegate from Massachusetts and was then the future president of the United States, John Adams, once wrote to his wife, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”
Adams was right until the Continental Congress revised the initial resolution and moved the date to the fourth of July. Copies that were distributed throughout the colonies were dated July 4, 1776, but the resolution wasn’t signed until August 2, 1977, according to Harvard University’s Declaration Resources Project research manager, Emily Sneff.
Another myth that people believe is that the Liberty Bell cracked on the same day of the Declaration of Independence Day. On his blog about historical myths, historian Joseph Coohill wrote: “On that day, lots of bells were rung to celebrate public readings of the Declaration, and the Liberty Bell was probably one of them.” The Independence Hall Association added, “We have no way of knowing for sure, though, since the state house steeple in which the bell was housed was kind of falling apart and under repair at the time.”
A year ago, Britain came up with a decision to leave the European Union, hence the term Brexit. Britain will finally exit the EU by the end of the first quarter in 2019. What happened next when the result of the referendum declaration was done? The pound dropped to its lowest and David Cameron stepped down as Britain’s Prime Minister.
Now, Brexit is under qualms when the Conservatives lost in the June 2017 election which has left the current Prime Minister Theresa May holding on to power through forming a minority government, getting support from a Northern Irish party.
But in the midst of a political chaos, Theresa May was still able to make an offer to the European Union to let the EU citizens stay in Britain even after Brexit. She is also for a free-trade deal with the European Union.
You know that summer has officially started when ITV 2 airs the dating reality TV series, Love Island. Just like the famous Big Brother, Love Island has weekly elimination through votes by the participants’ fellow flatmates as well as the public. This seven-week challenge will end in mid-July, with winners taking home £ 50,000.
Hosted by the 37-year old Caroline Flack, Love Island will be shot in a Spanish island of Majorca, where the place is as hot as the contestants.
Your dreams are just on the other side of the fence. But why are you stuck? Why don’t you just get up and climb over the fence and then, voila! You’re now living a life of your dreams. That simple. But not everyone finds it easy. That fence is not easy to climb. And most of the time, you don’t realize that the fence is you. To overcome yourself, follow these steps that I, Ike Madu, have learned throughout my career:
Identify What Scares You
So what are you afraid of? A lot of things, perhaps? It could be a fear of getting off your comfort zone or taking risks, or it could be a fear of losing something or giving up something you are used to. Or maybe you are afraid that the prize you’d get wouldn’t be as valuable as the things that you needed to give up to get them.
Feel The Fear
You must accept that you are afraid to make that big leap to reach for your dreams. Face that reality. Embrace that fear.
Just Do It
While it is scary to make a move and it is always tempting to stay where you are, I, Ike Madu, suggest doing the best way to overcome fear – that is, going through it. If you are afraid of heights, go and get on that elevator that will take you to the building’s top floor. If you fear the sea, then go dive.
Once you start doing what you are afraid of, the fear will slowly subside. You will eventually feel great about yourself as you continue doing it. Frustrations may get in the way but if you’d keep going, a sense of achievement will eventually take place. Once you have overcome that fear, it will bother you less, or never again.