I never thought of that as freedom back then because there were no smartphones tracking our every move. We've all become techno-slaves and, being without one even temporarily, felt like I had all the freedom in the world.
It's a common emerging theme -- unleashing products for a holiday in an accelerated non-sequential order (with so much Christmas stimuli in stores in November I often found myself wondering what happened to Thanksgiving) -- but who is causing and reinforcing this trend?
You learn basic skills to interact with people and I soon realized that "small talk" is a really great thing. I became friends with a lot of my customers and learned about their lives, stories, kids, etc.
Veterans Day is an important time to look for ways we can support these brave men and women in our own communities. It's an opportunity for all of us to remember the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made on our behalf, and to shine a bright light on their needs.