So I was randomly thinking about Michael Jackson’s “American Dream” movie and I began to wonder “did he really live his American Dream?” I have so many thoughts on The American Dream and what it means to us all individually. I might get some debate about this but I don’t honestly feel like he lived his own American Dream; he lived more of an American nightmare.
Our fascination with Michael started when he was just a child and his musical preparation started as soon as he could sing & dance on cue. I feel that Joe Jackson fulfilled his American dream at the expense of his family and, in an ironic way, his dream has fueled the dreams of so many others.
How much of an opinion or option do people like Michael Jackson have? I feel that opinion and option are fundamental to understanding/honestly living the American Dream.
I am DeAndre Wright. I grew up in the “hood”, went through the public school system, experienced homelessness, and graduated college with honors. I had been told what to do my most of my life. I was brainwashed. I thought if I wasn’t a teacher or a lawyer, I was useless and would not have a voice. Folks tried to force their idea of the American Dream on me. One day I decided that I wanted to take my life in my own hands and I began my quest for the musical grail. I wanted to live my version of the American Dream by becoming a professional recording artist. And yes, in the midst of finding myself artistically, I used to want to be famous (for very premature reasons) but witnessing stars fall only made me crave the taste of art more (and fame less). I had to learn- if art got me money to feed myself and my family, a platform to help different causes in the world, AND awareness of my music to continue to create for the rest of my life… I would have lived my dream.
It’s hard for me to understand how can a person dream without pure passion. I’m not talking living out someone else’s passion but having an honest to God personal hunger for the dream. I guess it’s easier to ask these questions when you’ve lived without the presence of your passion being recognized. I’m not trying to discredit anyone, it’s just something I wonder about. We’ve been blessed with many wonderful child stars but they usually fall the hardest. We’ve seen the smartest, most successful people end their lives. Is it because they’re not fulfilling their true purpose, they’re just doing something they’re good at? I feel like sometimes, if I can’t do what I’m meant to do I couldn’t function because I’ve actually done those other things and I didn’t feel like myself when I had to settle. I guess my life without creating would be just like that of a fallen child star or suicidal successful business person if I couldn’t live my true purpose (dream).
We all have the capacity to be successful at many things but a house in the suburbs, multiple cars, and a family does not always equal the American Dream or success in my eyes. I can say it because I’ve lived that life too. I guess I’d define a person living “the American Dream” as a person who lives out their occupational passion everyday. These people live out their purpose and succeed from it in some sort of way. Anywho, I was just picking through my brain.
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