The American Dream
Start writing a post

The American Dream

This is what it means to be an American.

The American Dream

The American Dream is something we are all vastly familiar with. We have read countless novels in our classrooms about it. We have heard politicians talk about it. We hear everyday that so-and-so is living the American Dream. Even though we live in a world saturated by this idea of the American Dream, it is just that, an idea. I have lived in America my whole life, and I honestly could not tell you exactly what it means to live the American Dream.

We as Americans live in a pretty spectacular country. We have an immense amount of opportunities presented to us. We are allowed to worship freely. We're allowed to express ourselves in a variety of ways. We're allowed to shoot off hundreds of thousands of fireworks every year just to celebrate the awesomeness of The United States. Yes, while there are some things we are simply not allowed to do, we are a country of vast freedom. Freedom to choose, freedom to be who we want. I think that's what this awe-inspiring American Dream is all about.

The United States became what it is today due to rebellion and differences. Without those who stood out and refused to accept what was being told of them, this wonderful country would not exist as it is right now. Why then do we try to put our fellow Americans in a box? Why do we seem to think that there is only one correct American Dream, and that if you're not living it you are not successful or happy?

If you were to ask your mother what the American Dream is, she may tell you that it is all about having a house, a family, and a good job. If you ask your best friend, they might say that you're living the American Dream when you've become a millionaire. If you ask an immigrant, the American Dream may be being able to be in a country where you do not have to live in constant fear. No matter who you ask, everyone is going to have their own idea of what exactly the American Dream is.

Everyone lives their own lives. That's the beauty of living in The United States. Each person experiences life differently, and I think if they are happy with the life they lead then they are living the American Dream. The fact that we have the freedom to lead different lives and be unique is what America is all about. Therefore, I encourage you to celebrate and embrace one another, not in spite of your differences but because of them. Remember that we are all here under the same red, white, and blue.

What is the first reference to the American Dream?

In his 1931 book The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams defines the American Dream as "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."

How does the dictionary define the American Dream?

1: "the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American."
2: "a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S."

Report this Content
Content Inspiration

Top Response Articles of This Week

Kick off spring with these top reads from our creators!

Hand writing in a notepad

Welcome to a new week at Odyssey! The warmer weather has our creators feeling inspired, and they're here with some inspiration to get your Monday going. Here are the top three articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less

No Sex And Upstate New York

A modern-day reincarnation of Carrie Bradshaw's classic column


Around the age of 12, when I was deciding whether or not to be gay, Satan appeared on my left shoulder. “Ramsssey,” he said with that telltale lisp. “Come over to our side. We have crazy partiessss.” He made a strong case, bouncing up and down on my shoulder with six-pack abs and form-fitting Calvin Kleins. An angel popped up on the other shoulder and was going to warn me about something, but Satan interrupted- “Shut up, you crusty-ass bitch!’ The angel was pretty crusty. She disappeared, and from that moment forward I was gay.

Keep Reading... Show less

To The Classes That Follow

I want you to want to make the most of the years that are prior to Senior year

To The Classes That Follow
Senior Year Is Here And I Am So Not Ready For It

I was you not that long ago. I was once an eager freshman, a searching sophomore, and a know-it-all junior. Now? Now I am a risk taker. Not the type that gets you in trouble with your parents, but the type that changes your future. Senior year is exciting. A lot of awesome things come along with being the top-dog of the school, but you, right now, are building the foundation for the next 4 years that you will spend in high school. I know you've heard it all. "Get involved", "You'll regret not going to prom", "You're going to miss this". As redundant as these seem, they're true. Although I am just at the beginning of my senior year, I am realizing how many lasts I am encountering.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Power Of Prayer Saved My Best Friend's Life

At the end of the day, there is something out there bigger than all of us, and to me, that is the power of prayer.

Julie Derrer

Imagine this:

Keep Reading... Show less

Why Driving Drives Me Crazy

the highways are home


With Halloween quickly approaching, I have been talking to coworkers about what scares us. There are always the obvious things like clowns, spiders, heights, etc. But me? There are a number things I don't like: trusting strangers, being yelled at, being in life or death situations, parallel parking. All of these are included when you get behind the wheel of a car.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments