One of the first questions I remember being asked as a child is “what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer? An astronaut.
I was forever looking up at the sky wondering what adventures lay beyond the horizon, and my parents never hesitated to remind me that with hard work I could be anything I wanted to be. Looking back, I realize it was my first encounter with the American Dream.
Unlike in socialist countries, where the “dream” is a collective venture you’re expected to embrace and follow without question, Americans are free to chart their own course and experience true independence. No matter your station in life, there is something you can reach for.