It's funny ... I am feeling like a foreigner today because I am not Polish. I often have the same feeling whenever I am in the States for Independence Day. As a Black man, I really have mixed feelings about celebrating Independence Day in the US. The country was declared independent on that day long ago, but my people were not. We had some time to go before the word "freedom" had any real meaning.
I still think about this whenever I celebrate "Independence". Much has changed, of course, and I have had to give thought to what "independence" means to me. As I continue my journey in Warsaw, I realize that I am not so independent here. I do not speak the language yet, so I am completely dependent upon others in many situations. This is a good example of how focus and determination will make me more independent. Freedom has to be earned .