The statement “American dream” was first used by the American author, JamesTruslow Adams in his book, The Epic of America where he wrote his own definition of the American dream as following “It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each women shall be able to attain to fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position”. In some parts of the world the definition has changed and that is not odd because the meaning of happiness and success has also changed. While Truslow focused more on idealism others explained it as achieving material posterity. In my opinion the American dream is having equal opportunities to accomplish the highest aspirations and goals that can be achieved to pursue personal happiness. Those definitions have their foundation in the United States´ Declaration of Independence where it says “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”. Malala Yousafzi, a young, hot blooded girl who was able to successfully make her voice heard all around the world. Malala was born in 1997 in Pakistan and grew up in two different worlds. In the early years of her life she was an ordinary girl, living in a popular tourist city but soon after the arrival of the Taliban everything changed and the city became a grave for many people but also for dreams and opportunities. Going to school was a hard accomplishment under the Taliban because those people hated education, especially for women. To express the unfairness she started blogging for BBC under a different name to hide her identity and fortunately she grew a huge public platform where she spoke out about the right to an education for both men and women. Her activism resulted in her being awarded “Pakistan´s National Youth Peace Prize” but also nominated for International Children´s Peace Prize. In 2014 she became the youngest girl to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Sadly her journey was not easy. Because of the Taliban she lost a lot of friends and she was also shot in the head but miraculously survived after being sent to England. This girl fought for her basic right to education and had to go through a ruff, dark road but luckily in the end she came out to the light. What’s more important is that she is still advocating for children´s rights to education and not only that, she has also started a fund, Malala fund, which raises money to build schools in poor place all around the world.
Malala´s achievements are in my opinion a good example of the American dream because she was given opportunities to fight for her basic right to education and was successfully able to get it and be recognized by the whole world as a young activist regardless of her tuff upbringing. As Truslow described, her dream was not to become wealthy but to have the same rights as most children all around the world and in the end, after much struggle she was able to fulfill her dream and set a good example for young people but mostly young women in conservative societies. Her achievements are a true miracle that inspires others and one of them is me. I was touched by her speech in the UN because it gave me so much energy and power to not give up and continue fighting for my dream even if it is in the end of a coal-black road.