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We seem to believe that we must follow a set path or agenda in order to attain the goal of LIFE. Graduate high school, get a degree, get married, have kids, pack it into your 401k then retire. What ever happened to the imagination and vision of a our childhood? Dreaming big and seeing problems as obstacles in the path rather than the end of the road seems to disappear somewhere between adolescence and the completion of our higher education. I mean don't get me wrong, if our true dream is set somewhere along those guidelines, the by all means, we must fulfill our calling. But when we honestly take a look at our path, is it really something that our heart desires? Or is it simply something that's been subtly or perhaps openly preached until we've adopted it as our own? Think about it, young radical Muslims have been taught since their beginning that their destiny is to grow up and destroy the American infidel. Prince and princesses know from the time they're old enough to comprehend life that they are destined to be part of the ruling authority. Young children in farming communities are more often than not taught that they are to grow up and take over the family business regardless of whether or not they're actually interested in the trade. Children of wealthy families are taught to be wealthy and children of poor families are taught by example to be poor as well. So what's there to say that we as the middle class America weren't just taught to be exactly that, middle class? Don't misunderstand, there's no saying that there's anything with any one 'class' of society or any one way or direction in life. There's not even anything saying that odd or robotic to know your direction and destiny in life from a young age. The point is this: why is it that the standard is set by our parents, peers, and popular opinion? Why not just set our own standards and live to the fullest of our capabilities. Maybe that means moving to the poorest country on the earth and living a life of peace and solitude. Perhaps it means working from the poorest of countries to the richest man on the face of the earth. WHY can't we seem to break free of the footsteps of our immediate predecessors any more? And if we DO break the cycle of their mistakes or success, should we be content to know that we've made a change, or shouldn't we continue to press on to the ends of our lives breaking boundaries and destroying all molds and expectations. We wouldn't be the so called great nation that we are today if the forefathers of this nation simply continued to follow in their family's footsteps. America wouldn't exist if Christopher Columbus hadn't 'discovered' America. People said he was out of his mind to sail off into the ocean looking for proof that the world was indeed round and not flat as generation after generation had believed and been taught. (Of course Mr. Columbus WAS an evil little creep with selfish motives, but still he DID have the tenacity to complete his mission in a way whether intentional or by accident.) Personally, I believe this is a curse, regardless of whether it makes you happy and gives you an enjoyable life or whether it makes you the most miserable person in the world. When we reach the end of our lives, we will all have regrets. Some of us may have more than others. Others may not have the choice to indulge in realizing those regrets due to an 'untimely death.' But lets say that, perhaps at end of your existence on this earth, you are but so blessed to have that Hollywood moment in which you reflect upon your comings and goings. Would you really want to lay there wondering what your life would have been like had you followed YOUR dreams rather than the dreams of another? Deeper still, would you regret pushing your unfulfilled dreams off onto your kids rather than let the beauty of their individuality unfold?

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Nov 24 @ 6:43PM  

My friend I think like you do. Very good blog and points well made.

Nov 24 @ 6:54PM  
Once again you deserve a kudo for making me think. This is a lot to think about. I haven't got the answers but now I know what questions to ask.

Nov 24 @ 8:28PM  
Good blog!! It has taken me many years to get where I'm at, but I have finally gotten my dream. May not seem much to other people, but it's mine...I have a husband that loves me for me, I can finally be the housewife that I always wanted to be. But again, that's my dream and I'm finally living it!!!

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