Living Inside The American Dream
America is a land of dreams. Everyday, thousands arrive in its shores hoping for a better life. Each carrying in their hearts a bag full of lifelong dreams.
Some had to go through the worst of odds to pursue them.
For others, it becomes a legacy handed down as a precious gift from one generation to the next.
Sadly, some got so burned that they simply gave up on their dreams. A few even tragically gave up on the very dream to live.
In all, everyone has a story to tell. A story mix with the good and the bad.
Stories of triumph and struggles, laughter and tears, love and loss.
Stories that make us realize we are not so different after all. That we all dream and hope for the best of blessings for ourselves and the people we love.
Some dreams reach their happy endings. Others lead to heartaches. A few may even turn into our worst nightmare we can’t wait to escape from. However they turned out of be, we should keep trying “living our own dreams.” Life is too short not to go after the very things that gives us light, purpose and meaning.
Eleven years ago, I reached the shores of America with my bag of dreams. I was ecstatic to finally be in the land of plenty and vast opportunities.
Several years later, I found out that it takes a lot of hard work, trials and sacrifices to reach for my dreams. That there will be many obstacles along the way including people who will try to crush them. So many distractions, detours, mistakes and wrong choices. In end, it’s the simple need for freedom, happiness, love, faith and inner peace that makes up the basic core of my American Dream. It’s not about having lots of money, a big house or a fancy car that anytime can be taken away.
Time is a great teacher. There will be moments in our journey when we’ll get discouraged when our dreams don’t turn out the way we hope them to be. There will be moments when we may even stop dreaming because no matter how much we try, we can’t seem to find them or make it right. The good news is, when we stop dreaming, our family and our truest friends will carry us in their dreams until we are ready to stand and make our own.
Joining my sister and her husband in California for my son’s Spring Break reminded me the value and importance of following my dreams.
Our visit ignited a new fire inside me. Being around family, traveling around the beautiful sights of Sonoma County and San Francisco inspired me to renew and rethink my American Dream. This time, it will be my American Dream and that of my family.
In the next few months, I ask for your prayers that everything will fall into place. That God will guide me to find the right job, the right people to trust, a new place to call home.