This past week my Tahanto Regional High School English Teacher, Peter Doherty, got in touch with me and told me about a student of his. She is doing a project on the American Dream, and he told her she could interview me as a reference. First Id like to say how much of an honor it is for my name to even be mentions in a conversation about The American Dream, but secondly Id like to share with everyone the questions and my response. I had fun with these questions, and they even made me learn a little more about what The American Dream is for Me as well as this Country.
Student: what is the American Dream to you?
Me: The American Dream is a belief that anyone, rich or poor, in this country can pursuit what they love and achieve a life of happiness. People have come to this country with nothing, and grown business’s that are now billion dollar, global companies. Millions of Americans buy homes and start families. People come here from all over the world to get the best education. For me, I wanted to travel this country. I wanted to live a life of adventure and pursue my passion for photography. so to me, THAT is my American Dream.
Along our journey traveling around the country, My girlfriend Victoria and I decided we could make some money selling T-Shirts. We made a couple designs, ordered a shipment, built a website, and boom, we have a clothing company now and have the potential of making a living for ourself and be our own bosses. This idea can also be categorized as an American Dream. The belief that you can create a living for yourself doing what you love. ALL of these things encompass the American Dream for me.
Student: do you think the American Dream differs from person to person?
Me: I believe, The American Dream at its core is the same for every individual. We are all here living in this country trying to pursuit a life of happiness which is one of our unalienable rights promised to us in our Declaration of Independence. Although I do believe the way we pursuit and try to achieve our dream differs from person to person. For example, not everyone would want to live in the back of a Chevy Astro Van for 6 months to a year, but thats EXACTLY what my dream is! Others dream more of a simple life. The desire to own a house with a white picket fence and 2 kids with a dog and cat is a REAL dream, and this dream is just as valid as the next. Others Dream of making millions of dollars by either inventing something or, in todays age, creating a new APP. We all have our own path, but at the foundation of it all, I believe we all share the same American Dream.
Student: do you believe having unrealistic expectations can hinder ones chances in achieving the American Dream?
Me: In my opinion, I believe having unrealistic expectations is the BEST way to achieving the GREATEST American Dream. Without thinkers like this, maybe we would have never landed on the moon, or built a railroad from coast to coast, or without more recent unrealistic thinkers, maybe we would have never invented the iPhone or created Facebook. In all honesty, it takes dreamers with unrealistic expectations to achieve greatness. So to answer your question, no I do not believe having unrealistic expectations can hinder ones chances of achieving the American Dream, if anything, it would aid in achieving the unthinkable.