And so I am thankful.
It also reminds me of the American Dream, a concept that means many things to many people. To some, it means home ownership; to others, it means improving on the success of your parents.
To me, it means being free to do what you want.
Although our access to the American Dream has weakened in these past years (erosion of our civil liberties, our environment, and our governance), we are still doing pretty well, and we are struggling to restore this American Dream to its traditional place:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and HappinessBottom Line: My dream is going well, and I am working hard to extend it to others. And I am thankful that I can pursue this goal.