The Cost of Pursuing a Dream


n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct his/her affairs, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior


the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational behavior

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Enough is enough

"It never was enough. They don't want to own one home; they want to own five homes, and they want to have an expensive penthouse on Park Avenue; and they want to have their own private jet." -Robert Gnaizda Gatsby and the people who brought about the financial meltdown in Inside Job both lost their ability to think and behave in a normal, rational behavior due to being taken over by wanting to fulfill their dreams. Gatsby threw huge parties and spent tons of money in order to find one person: Daisy. The normal person not only doesn't have that type of money to throw away weekly, but to the normal person that wouldn't seem rational anyways, but insanity had taken over Gatsby because he wanted Daisy so badly. "When I said you were a friend of Tom's, he started to abandon the whole idea. He doesn't know very much about Tom, though he says he's read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name" (Fitzgerald 152). In the same way, the normal person doesn't have 5 different, extravagant homes like the people in Inside Job. They so badly wanted to be the best and have the most that they lost all sense of rationality and thinking normally.

"While the U.S. government turned a tidy profit on the Citi deal, earning almost $15.5 billion from it, the financial damage inflicted on the nation and its citizens is both staggering and historic -- but not in a good way" (The Great Recession Cost Us All $30 Trillion). At some point, the normal person would have to have the thought and hopefully the heart to think that what they were doing was going to have some consequences that would effect the whole country, not only themselves, but because they were so consumed with benefitting themselves they couldn't see this, they had gone insane for money.

Insane people still being insane

"I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!" (Chua, 29). Most of us have never heard this from our parents before, but this is what author Amy Chua says is common in Asia in order for children to "succeed" and get the good grades in her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Because of parents like this and the cost of wanting to be perfect, children all over the world make their dreams out to be the best until they have reached the point of insanity to where they can't tell when too much is too much. Some of the kids we all know for example: AP Frank. Many AP Franks in the world strive to be the best because their parents force them to, they have no other choice, but there are also the other types that strive to be the best because that's what they want. But at what point is it too much? Shouldn't it be obvious to see when you're losing hair and not enjoying life that it's too much? These moms nor these kids can see this because they're so focused on their kids or them being the best that they don't see what's normal anymore. They have that hint of insanity in order to reach their dreams no matter what it cost.

I agree with how Alexandra Robbins finishes The Overachievers. “We live in an achievement-oriented, workaholic culture that can no longer distinguish between striving for excellence and demanding perfection. It is time to stop prioritizing how children look on paper over their health, happiness, and well-being. By now the message should be clear: Ease up, calm down, and back off. If students are free to follow paths toward their personal joys and interests, then it is worth trusting that everything will be all right in the end.” (Robbins 400).

The cost of following a dream can sometimes mean losing your sanity or becoming insane.