I will be explaining what it means to be an American.

Americans are like cows in a pasture, they are free to perform anything and everything they wish. Being an American means that you have a fresh start to be whatever you want to be and you have freedom to do whatever you want to do. Freedom comes with responsibility, failure leads to success, and your past doesn’t predict your future.

To begin, in order to keep your freedom you have to be responsible. Without responsibility those freedoms will be taken away. For example, Al Capone, a famous criminal, broke many laws and as a result he wasn’t able to be free and do as he wished. Instead, he was locked in a cell and couldn’t leave. Don’t abuse your freedom because you won’t have them in the end if you don’t use them responsibly.

Next, without failure you can’t have success. Dr. Seuss, a children's book author, wrote his first book and went to 27 publishers who all rejected it. Now he has 60 books published, and is arguably America’s best children’s book author. Living in America doesn’t automatically make you able to be successful, but it also doesn’t mean that after failing you should stop trying. Failure is a part of life.

Lastly, it’s not about where you came from, it’s about where you are going. Your ancestors may have had a bad past, but that doesn’t determine who you will be. Demi Lovato, a famous singer, has bad ancestors. Her dad didn’t leave the best mark on this world, he abused his family, but look at her today, she is a role model for many young people. Although your parents may have been bad, if you are determined to be good then you can be. People won’t look at you and see your ancestors, they will see the real you, and where you are going.

In conclusion, freedom comes with responsibility, failure leads to success, and your past doesn’t determine your future. To be an American means that you have freedom and your past will be forgotten. America is the land of freedom and opportunities. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous poet, once said, “America is another name for opportunities.”




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