It’s easy, as Americans, to take dreams for granted.
Both kinds of dreams, really: the images we conjure at night, and the visions we have for our lives.
About 1 in 6 children, 357 million kids, live in areas of the war affected by military or political conflict, where often their safety isn’t guaranteed, and their access to health care and education is restricted.
It’s hard to dream at night when bombs and gunfire may wake you at any moment.
It’s hard to dream big when the world sets your limits.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote “that 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,” he probably was thinking of men only — and white men at that.
But in the 242 years since, our country’s vision has expanded.
Although we are all “created equal”, discrimination remains a stubborn and insidious foe.
But even in this time of division and uncertainty, the United States offers greater opportunity than what exists in many other countries.
I have, thus far, written seven Motherbility Mom spotlights:
Sarah Wisner’s dream began before she even knew she had one.
Lark Gibson exudes joy as she juggles motherhood and four businesses.
The Wonder women nudge other dreamers toward greater achievement.
Julie Godshall helps the world by bringing it to Madison.
Kay Kratochwill braves entrepreneurship as a single mom of two.
Gauri Bansal raised two daughters, and then found her dream.
Grace Ramirez started her baking business twice: Once in Puerto Rico, and now in Wisconsin.
Each woman has a remarkable story of hard work, determination … and a dream.
There are many more #motherbilitymom profiles to come, including the story next week of a woman raising up the next generation of dreamers.
But this week, as we are celebrating the birth of our country, with family, friends and fireworks, let’s just take a moment to pause and be grateful that we live in a country where dreams really do come true.