Since the start of the world, Man has been searching for the meaning of life. He has looked everywhere but often failed to find it. The reason to live is to savor life and to live one filled with joy. This is another problem Man has often faced: how to be happy. Most of us think that we are happy when everyone else is proud of us, when we have achieved something for them or done something for the rest of the world. We strive to accomplish what others expect us to do, whether it is our parents, our friends, or even our teachers. The truth is something that has always been shunned: Man finds happiness by accomplishing the goals he sets for himself, realizing the dreams he holds. It turns out that the pursuit of happiness, something men have killed themselves in the frustration of grasping, is not so elusive after all.
A dream motivates you. It pushes you forward even when you don’t want to go, and even though you might regret being pushed, you would regret not finding out what came after the shove even more. Dreams make us who we are; they define our goals and limits. They then urge us to push past those limits in the hope that we will accomplish something worth accomplishing. Sometimes, the dreams are too quick; they slip out of your hands just as you touch them. But the feel of the dream on your hands inspires you again, if only for you to see it crushed again. By this I mean that no matter what we must go through, our pains and our sufferings, we will be driven to accomplish our goals. Catching a dream is hard, it frustrates you. Catching a dream seems impossible. Once you finally do grasp that dream, the sense of pride you have made for yourself overwhelms you, makes your body tingle in excitement. No matter what it takes to get there, once we have achieved what we desire, we can finally discover happiness.
Martin Luther King Jr. once gave a speech that would be repeated for many years. King was one of those few people who found happiness. He spoke of his desires and how they could be fulfilled. I find his speech extremely moving, not only because he was fighting for a noble cause but because he had his own ideas. In his speech, he started: “I have a dream.” He doesn’t start by speaking of the dream of all the blacks in the world, he speaks of what he hopes to accomplish. Martin Luther King Jr. does what he does for his own good, not necessarily for the good of others. And is this so wrong? After all, when King was assassinated in 1968, his dream had been fulfilled. He had the same rights as any other white man. Martin Luther King learned something about himself: despite the efforts of the non-African American society, he was powerful enough to earn his freedom. He was able to go against long-held ideas and win. King’s dreams led him to greatness. He died a happy and free man, one who had found the purpose of his life and fulfilled it.
Like Martin Luther King, My parents also had a dream. My parents emigrated from India in 2001. It was...