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John F. Kennedy

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country…” is a quote made by John F. Kennedy as those words still live with us until this very day.

We grow up in a culture that ends up practically defining who we are. What makes us different is the way we are raised and the way we think about certain situations. President John F. Kennedy took that to a whole new level as he addressed the whole nation with one line sticking out among the rest.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country…”

Many of us live our lives wondering what our country has done or will do for us. What we don’t focus on is what can we, as individuals, do for our country? The country that we are living in, whether we are from there or not, has done its job. It has given us a home, it has given us education and it has prepared us for the real world. There comes a time where we have to start giving back.

These inspiring words by JFK have opened the doors for many people. The doors that have been opened are in the minds of the people who heard these words as they realized that there is more that they can do for their country rather than settling for the “easier route”.

Even though JFK’s speech was directed towards the American nation, it is an example for all of us. It is a speech that should stick with us in our minds through our everyday life as we work hard and be determined to become people who will be remembered and leave their marks in the world.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy reports to the nation on the status of the Cuban crisis from Washington, D.C. on Nov. 2, 1962. He told radio and television listeners that Soviet missile bases "are being destroyed" and that U.S. air surveillance would continue until effective international inspection is arranged. U.S. government conclusions about the missile bases, he said, are based on aerial photographs made Nov. 1. (AP Photo)


Today, we are a civilization that aspires to do more than what is just expected of us. We have been able to reach heights that were unthinkable only a few years ago. What is even greater is that we have no intention of stopping anytime soon as the people of our generation are curious about what the future holds and therefore we work to achieve what is expected of us and so much more.

John F. Kennedy was a great and memorable leader who has achieved so much during his life. Now, we need to continue improving ourselves to become leaders of this generation and be able to make a difference in whatever shape or form. We need to be the change. We need to do more for our countries. We need to do more for our world.