My American dream I guess would have been joining the military as an Officer. And I did that. Now that I am here, away from my family and home and love, I realize that my “American Dream” took me away from everything I wholeheartedly cared for. It’s mentally, physically and emotionally very hard. And sometimes, I ask myself if it’s truly worth it? My American Dream now would be to get married and never have to experience my marriage being long distant. I want to raise my babies near their grandparents. I want to have a house become a home and not only become my hermitage, but my husband’s, sister’s, parent’s, my children’s and my friend’s safe place as well. I’m beyond fortunate. I’m deeply grateful. But I look forward to the day when my American Dream will become my American reality - simple and sweet.