The freedom of a manicure?

Part of my weekly routine is getting my nails done. Now, I’ve never associated getting my nails done with “treating” or “pampering” myself. I’ve always just thought of it as a chore of keeping my nails looking good. Luckily for me, that all changed today…

I always go to the same place to get my manicures. But this particular time was different. An older Vietnamese man was doing my nails. We stated talking about anything and everything. That’s when he said something that stood out to me.. “Freedom is painting your nails”..

I was confused as to what he meant so I proceeded to ask him. He started telling me about his childhood and where he grew up. This is when he told me the story of how he escaped Vietnam..

Imagine, a small fishing boat, packed with 35 strangers. Floating in the ocean, with no sense of direction. All you can see is water for miles and miles. The person beside you is dying from starvation and dehydration because you haven’t had food or water in 11 days. Would it even be possible to have hope?

These were the conditions he had to stay in for 264 hours. Could you imagine risking your whole life for the things we take for granted. Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion? And so much more..

If you ask him, he would 100% agree that it was worth it. He knew the risk he was taking when he decided to flee to America. He knew all of the great opportunities that would come out of it if he survived the journey. But I’m not asking if it was worth it or not..I’m asking if you appreciate the little things in life that we take for granted.

I never thought that a manicure appointment at 3:00 would forever change my perspective on the way I look at things. Just the fact that he thought going to work, and doing people’s nails was freedom. It really made me step back and realize how blessed I am. Not only to live in such a great county, but for all of the others things that I have that I don’t even think twice about..

So the next time you take something for granted or are not appreciative. Just thing about the man who associates freedom with painting fingers and toes all day..

Just some food for thought


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