Back when we were all living in quarantine, many of us saw celebrating the 4th of July as a short-term goal. If we all did our part to keep ourselves and our communities safe, maybe fireworks, parades, and backyard BBQs could mark the return to normalcy we were all craving.
Unfortunately, the latest Covid-19 numbers from around the country show that we’re not quite there yet. Here in the Kansas City area, many public 4th of July activities have been cancelled; events that are still happening will probably look and feel very different than in years past due to social distancing and hygiene best practices. If you’re living in an area where Covid-19 is on the rise, your Independence Day options might be even more limited.
Still, even during these trying circumstances, we have so much to be grateful for in the U.S. Living under some restrictions this year has certainly made me appreciate freedoms that I’ve taken for granted. I never really thought all that much about going out to a movie, eating at a restaurant with my wife, or getting together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate my country. But now that I haven’t been able to do those things as often or as easily as I’d like to, I’m very mindful that there are still plenty of countries in the world where those simple freedoms are heavily restricted, even without a pandemic.
I’m also hopeful that lessons from quarantine about reaching out to our neighbors and appreciating the people around us will lead us towards more common ground and keep us moving forward. Ultimately, the greatest freedom we have is the freedom to keep making life better for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our communities. Let’s all be grateful for that opportunity and respectful of that responsibility this July 4th. And remember that my team at Keen Wealth is always available if there’s anything we can do to help you keep progressing towards your own life goals through the second half of the year.
Bill Keen is a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR℠ and independent financial advisor with more than 25 years of industry experience. As the founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm, he specializes in providing personalized retirement planning designed to help people thrive before and during their retirement years. With a passion for educating others, Bill regularly blogs about retirement planning, hosts the podcast Keen on Retirement, and has contributed to U.S. News and World Report, Reuters, Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Yahoo Finance, and other publications. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, Bill and his team work with clients throughout the greater Kansas City area and across the nation. To learn more, connect with him on LinkedIn or visit www.keenwealthadvisors.com.
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