August 2, 2021

An Ode to America: Don’t call Me, I’ll call You.


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Dear America, I’m breaking up with you.

It’s been quite an adventure over the past 38 years. I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons from our relationship, but it’s time to say farewell.

The closure is important, so let me explain why.

I’m tired of you always saying, “If you work hard enough, it will pay off.” It’s just an illusion you’ve created to support those that bolster your prosperity the most and exploit those with less to offer.

I started out offering less as a fast-food worker and was able to contribute more after becoming a doctor—and it still isn’t enough for you.

Your gaslighting tactics and scarcity mentality continue to consume endlessly.

I’m tired of never being enough for you. The endless pursuit of success and productivity, on your terms, no longer serves my best interests. Accumulating more degrees, money, status, and possessions has only led to less. Less time and energy for peace, curiosity, adventure, empathy, and love—leading to less humanity.

I’m tired of it always being about you.

If I never hear “make America great again,” it will be too soon.

Your choice to protect yourself and your personal interests is above all others, including my own, and that had never been more clear.

I’ve spent the last year and a half working as a COVID-19 doctor.

I was expected to clean up the insurmountable mess you’ve made. The number of lost lives you’re responsible for appears to have little impact on you. You continue to carelessly commodify your most valuable resource, especially those of us that genuinely care.

I’m tired of playing your games long enough to learn the lessons necessary to free myself—the most valuable being self-preservation.

You were never good at kindness, compassion, and patience, so I’ll be looking elsewhere.

Shared values and reciprocity aren’t something I’m willing to compromise on anymore. We all deserve better, myself included.

No one is perfect, but the hope for something better opens the door for just that.

I wish you the best and hope you choose to better yourself in the future.

In the meantime, don’t call me, I’ll call you.


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