Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Day The Dream Died

What did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut, an actor, a rockstar, a millionaire?
Whatever it was, I can ensure you that it was big...huge...MONUMENTAL in your premature mind.
What happened to those dreams and aspiration? What happened to believing in something that is larger than life? If you ask an adolescent in today's society, you will find the answers are very different. It always begins with "Well, after I attend college..." and then concludes with a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, a scientist.
Now don't get me wrong, I think that education is important. It is a prerequisite to any decent paying job. If you work hard, strive to better yourself, and prioritize your goals, then success is eminent. But what happened to the dreams in the background? What happened to the "If I could create a perfect life for myself it would be "-----dream inserted here-----". I know society focuses more on education, job security, and creating a stable situation for you and your family, but what happened, not only to the American dream, but dreams in general.
A dream never truly hurt anyone. A dream never stole a candy bar from the grocery store. A dream never pulled a lethal weapon and used it to harm others.
I wish the best for the next generation. I wish the absolute best for our future pioneers, business owners, and leaders of the free world.
But I also wish that our children, their children, and many to come, can still keep their dreams alive whether realized or not.
So I dare you children of today.
I double dare you.

Dare to dream, dare to live, and dare to let your soul Emerge.

~Written by Michael Pipoly - 2/9/2011