It’s still attainable I am in my late 30s. During my teens, in the 90s, I heard people talking about how the American Dream was dead. As I went through my 20s and early 30s, I heard more people my own age say that the American Dream was dead, and that they were giving up on it.

All the while, I was working my way up from my lower-middle-class upbringing. I am living the Dream and, honestly, it didn’t seem that difficult for me to achieve. I just had to be patient and make some good choices.

But maybe I am being naive, or I was just lucky.

Still, when I see how my old high school classmates are doing (via Facebook), now 20 years post-graduation, the ones who seem to be struggling the most are the same ones who gave up on the Dream early. They are the ones who got into drugs in high school, or always had some excuse for being unable to hold down a job, or are on their third or fourth marriage, or had children too young, or a variety of other things they were warned not to do, but did anyway.

Yes, I know I sound really judgmental right now.

I just want to warn any young people who are reading this not to believe the naysayers... Not to give up before you’ve really given it a shot. Be patient and make good choices, and you’ll likely find success.

The people who want you to believe the Dream is dead probably want you to believe that for political reasons anyway. The Dream is dead... and voting for a Democrat is the only way to bring it back.
1y ago
With a warm heart
@Matthew I really needed to hear this. When I think about what my parents were able to accomplish (building a family, owning a home, taking vacations), sometimes it all feels completely out of reach for me. And when I look for hope, I find myself surrounded by people who’ve given up on working towards something better.

I’m not sure if it’s always been this way, but it seems like dreaming has gone out of fashion, and hopelessness is all the rage.
1y ago

Knowledge is my motto
@Matthew Your opinion is objective. Material Progress requires a positive mentality. This is a country of opportunity for those that are willing to do the leg work to find it.
And ultimately even in countries that don’t share the same economic advantages as this one, and in where getting from point A to point B sometimes is excruciatingly hard, still even in those places, there are many people that everyday move from lower to middle from middle to upper.
Like you said -and I would add in most cases -it is a matter of choice!
1y ago

one of the original members
@Matthew I believe the American Dream is available to all those who seek it but don’t listen to me as i believe god helps those who help themselves
1y ago

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