American Dream

Stay still,
Quiet down,
Stop crying,
Quit fidgeting,
Be happy,
Grow up.

A society obsessed with creatives, actors, musicians, writers, 
Yet we discourage ourselves, our family, our friends to participate. 
We even mock those creating for not having a “real” job, for not taking life seriously.
Unless the art is making lots of money then we say, “Great job, create away!”

Children, allowed only to a certain age, coloring, dancing, dressing up, all their favorites.
Then we take all that creative love they have worked so hard to nurture,
and we yank it right out from their hands and tell them “No more!”

Failure is not an option little one,
Now sit your ass down and get to work.
You will make a fantastic consumer one day,
You will make a fantastic soldier one day,

The American Dream.
Where we spend our entire lives working and making money for others with an inch of hope that we might get to visit Florida one day.  

Florida.
And we wonder why we have an epidemic of depressed adults.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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