In our country, we are told over and over again things like:
“Follow your heart.”
“Make your own way.”
“Never take ‘no’ for an answer.”
“You can be anything you want or do anything you want.”
“Apply yourself and all your dreams will come true.”
(How else could we have so many reality shows where people want to be singers?)
We are told that anything is possible. We can make it happen by dreaming big and reaching high and wanting it badly enough. In fact, look at all the commercials and advertisements that tell us that “We deserve it.” It doesn’t matter what it is – a luxury car, a vacation, a break, a new phone . . . “We deserve it.” And it doesn’t matter how little effort or hard work we put in . . . “We deserve it.”
But while these statements can be encouraging and can get young people to dream big and try hard and aim high (and become greedy), I think they can be misleading and give false hope. For many of us, no matter how high we aim, we can’t seem to reach the moon. Our great efforts fizzle and we end up crashing back down to earth, landing in the mud.
What about all those wonderful promises that we can get whatever we want and that “we deserve it”?