My Pursuit Of The American Dream

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The American Dream Before reading this article I would have, without much thought, said my American Dream was to successfully finish college, obtain a career that I enjoy and that allows me to live comfortably without having to worry about paying my bills every month, and hopefully settle down with a family one day. After reading this article, and giving it a lot of thought, I stand by my original thought. At first, I thought this article might have changed what my own personal idea of the American Dream was; but I came to the conclusion that while it did give me some insight on why I my idea of the American Dream is what it is, it did not change it.
While I contemplated this, I wondered if this meant that I was more driven by money than I
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I realized that I was looking at it in the wrong way. By pursuing a career and stable financial status I am pursuing happiness. I grew up in a household plagued by financial unstableness, and I was told all my life that would have the opportunity to go to college and become whatever I want to, and when I got older I wouldn’t have to worry about paying my bills every month. Taking the opportunity to go to college and choose a career I enjoy is me following what I want to, and because I’m doing what I want to, what I have been given the opportunity to do, I’m finding happiness.
By the end of my thoughts on my own American Dream, I had come to the realization that a lot of my ideas of happiness and the American Dream stemmed from my childhood. While I do believe society also has a lot of impact, my thoughts lead to how ones’ childhood’s experience effects the idea of an American