When I think about the American Dream, I think about the freedom that was won for us with all of the wars that we have fought, my ancestors who may have been slaves at some point but have allowed me to live in a place that I am not forced to do things that I don’t want to or that I might have been born into.
I do have to say that I am blessed to be living in a Country that allows me freedom and doesn’t judge me or put me in a category just because I am a woman. I am strong, independent and career driven. My mother was not allowed to work in her first marriage because he wanted to be the one that provided for the family and believed that the woman’s place was at home and in the kitchen. I feel that with my American Dream I am able to have a career, go to school to further my education, own a home and still be at the house and take care of things here.
Things have not always been the easiest for me to continue on my road to success for my American Dream, but I have managed to make it through all of them with determination and drive. I believe that the American Dream is whatever a person wants to achieve in their life, as well as part of their up bringing. No one can achieve the things they want to if they are being discouraged by the negative things that are amongst us in the world.
In the poem by L. Hughes “Let America Be America Again”, I feel like I can relate to the struggle that he was experiencing. I am Middle class and I do struggle to be able to make a name for myself. I have had to sacrifice my time, money I didn’t have and quality time with my family; because I was trying to maintain my place in the Nursing field and get all that needed to be done there done. There may have been some times I felt pulled by the two events, but I knew that I had to work to be able to care for my family, pay my bills and continue towards my journey for the American Dream.
I feel that all of the struggle and decisions I have made have gotten me a little closer to the Dream that I have for myself. I will not give up even if they environment or world wants to try and break me. I have my freedom from the men and women who fought for it, so I will not give in to the down times and not achieve all I know I can achieve.