After Saturday's celebrations, you probably don't want to see another photo of fireworks ever again — or at least not for a long, LONG time. Chances are you not only watched fireworks in real life, but then you got to relive the "magic" as you scrolled through social media that night. Sure, you may have a red-white-and-blue hangover right now, but there's one Independence Day post that won't cause you to roll your eyes. Caitlyn Jenner shared a 4th of July message that will make you want to cry... And smile... And, as she states, feel proud to be an American. Along with a picture of the U.S. flag, Jenner wrote,
Happy 4th of July! Proud to be an American ... where at least I am free to be me.
A twist on the classic song lyrics, "I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free," Jenner's message highlights how freeing it is that she can finally be herself. Of course, there's the occasional ignorant comment, but for the most part, the public has supported and applauded Jenner. It takes courage to undergo such a change in the spotlight and Jenner continues to do so with grace. Her patriotic post only emphasizes that idea.
It’s just the beginning of Jenner’s journey, but from what she’s shared with us so far, it’s a beautiful adventure. The glimpses Jenner posts on social media show a brave woman who's doing everything she can to be herself and help others along the way. From an appearance at a Pride event in NYC to visiting with the Human Rights Campaign, she's spent the last few months working hard to promote LGBT causes.
Even her family members have noticed a positive change. Recently son Brody Jenner commented on how "much freer, happier" Caitlyn seems. Personally, I can't wait to see what she does next and I'm already counting down until her docu-series I Am Cait premieres later this month. In the meantime, I'll be re-watching the trailer below. The fact that we live in a country where Caitlyn can be herself, and do so openly, makes me proud to be an American, too.