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Does the American Dream Still Exist? 

Hi Everyone,
So...one of the themes in my book Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the American Dream.

Originally, the American Dream was not about achieving riches; it was about making this country a beacon of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We have to remember that America was, as Lincoln said, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Made for You and Me is a story of the American Dream not just because we had sixteen dollars in our bank account on the day I sold my book.  It’s also because we finally found our place in the world when we came home to family--this, perhaps, was what we were searching for when we went west.

The night I sold this book, Dan said to me “F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong! There are second acts, and third and fourth and fifth and sixth!” Americans have led revolutions, staged rebellions, reached across barriers to help each other, and created some of the most inspired music, art, poetry, fiction and dance in the world. And Americans have done it because, as Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, “The dream is the truth. And then they act and do things accordingly.” No matter how rough things get, we as a people still believe that anything is possible. 

One might say that my story is proof that it still exists--at least within ourselves. Others might say the American Dream is dead. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! 

Best, Caitlin. 

Check out the book due out March 8th at www.caitlinshetterly.com

Early SALE price at amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Made-You-Me-Going-Finding/dp/1401341462/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1

Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 09:48AM by Registered CommenterCaitlin Shetterly | Comments1 Comment

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The american dream is not dead. We all just need to realize that it's not an entitlement, it's something you have to work for. The opportunity to follow your dream, any dream, is still there. But you have to be willing to sacrifice, it's not just going to land in your lap because you live in america. Life was easy for a lot of us growing up, we watched our parents excel in careers and were told that if you go to college and work hard, the world is yours. The rules have changed and I think people tend to forget that sacrifice makes the end goal that much sweeter. We're in year 3 of sacrificing for long-term dreams (my husband is a full-time student working towards a double masters to be a nurse practitioner and a nursing professor, and also works part-time as a patient-care assistant for the tuition discount that offers). I'm working full time instead of staying home with our daughter and feel like a single parent much of the time. We're having 1 child instead of 2 or 3 because right now that's all we can afford. We're sacrificing a lot. But the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to glow just a little!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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