I was watching this wonderful special talking about the american dream and different authors experiences and approaches with the ideal and I found it fascinating.
They went over Theodore Dreiser's -Sister Carrie, Edith Wharton's -House Of Mirth, F. Scott Fitzgerald's- The Great Gatsby, John Steinbeck's -The Grapes of Wrath, Ann Petry's -The Street, Gish Jen's -Typical American, and Saul Bellows -Seize the Day.
I couldn't help but think to myself- what is the American Dream to me? How am I experienceing it or seeking it? What is success to me? Do I seek to reinvent myself and aspire to something greater and how, what and who is that? Is what I aspire to be/have of my own imagination and will or is it the appeasing the expectations others have of me and fitting in? There seems to be a struggle in my own life of wanting to improve but not at the expense of wanting and being happy with what I already have- who I already am.
I have so much I want to say but not the time right now, so I am going to share this and run,lol. I would love to hear what everyone else's thoughts are on this.