I am proud to be Cuban. I am proud to be part of a people that knows how to face huge challenges, stand up straight and set higher goals for themselves.
I am young. I am only 17 years old. I am studying on the 12th. degree. I argue with my classmates, with friends from the neighborhood. It is true that today there are many views of the reality that the country is experiencing. My parents, grandparents and other relatives taught me that the most important thing in life is not material things. Of course, I do not deny their necessity. I don’t ignore that I can’t have many things that I would like today. Someone because it is not there, and someone because its price does not allow it to be. But I can live without them to this day. I don’t know if I could have done it without an ideal, without moral values. Who would I be then without those things that seem small and huge?
It is true that the pride of belonging to this beautiful country is given to me not only by the history of my parents or my grandparents. But I am proud of my country, because I try and will try to be proud of myself, I strive to fulfill my duty, to fulfill the dream of bringing something to my country tomorrow. I don’t want to be a wanderer who turns his back on the country where I was born to pity me years later. Those who are not proud of their homeland, this is because they are not proud of themselves. I feel like I am growing as a person when I see that my parents and my whole family are proud of me.
For me, patriotism is not just knowledge of the history of the Motherland, its glorious past, regardless of the stains that may or may not be. You are a patriot when it comes to living up to this history and you can live up to this history in these difficult days that we are living.
Like all young Cubans, I am a rebel, a non-conformist. Dissatisfaction hits me everywhere. Could it be otherwise? If it were otherwise, I would not say that I feel like a patriot.
Patriotism is part of many other values that we cannot lose and in which there are many gaps today. The house plays a key role, but not the only one. We still have a long, long way to go in reaching out to young people, in doing civic, moral work with young people, both in schools and in the community. And this is something urgent, because we are undergoing a war that instills the opposite. I’m not a patriot, or I’m proud of my country because of genetic conditioning, and sometimes I think that in some parts we left it to spontaneity, or we are content with separate facts that we want to give an image that is common. . Our youth organizations have very little or no feeling. The participation of young people in the transformation of society is formal and very partial. They encourage us to join our grandparents’ organizations, and we don’t realize that we are a different generation. This revolution was made by young people in the Sierra, in the plains, in Giron, in the internationalist missions. The scientists who saved the country today are young. Isn’t all this and more enough to be proud of being born on this earth?
It is true that there are many young people who look to other horizons and would rather be born in other conditions. Perhaps many of them would not be able to study or have a decent rank. But I am far from admitting that this is the majority. We young Cubans will know how to be consistent, and we will know how to demonstrate our patriotism, which today means fulfilling our responsibilities, wherever we are. With great desire I look forward to the changes that are required in working with new generations, and that we put aside the vice that some have – the desire to show everything as divine, and in this battle I will be present with my rebellion, with my worries. but also with my pride in being Cuban through and through.
Source: Juventud Rebelde