The Death of the American Dream
Does the American Dream still exist? I would say kind of. The entire world climate has changed drastically since the concept of the American Dream was created. In the 21st century, the American Dream has become a fallacy that people aspire to. Similar to keeping up with The Jones or in today's world The Kardashian. The American Dream is alive, but it doesn't look the way it did when our parents were children. Our digital world is ever changing and in a lot of ways we have lost stability due to the rate at which we exchange information. If we all tried to live the American dream the way our grandparents did most of us would be working 2 jobs just to keep up. We live in an age of downsizing being a necessity to survive.
Personally, I think the American Dream has become a nightmare. These days we believe being buried in debt is the norm. We settle for being strapped to a house, a job, and a car for years because its better than having nothing. But is it really, is it really worth it to have a car, job, and house if you can't enjoy or even live your life because you are too busy working for those possessions.
I am not above getting rid of my house or car. When I discovered freedom, I lost the fear of being ashamed. My mind is focused on the long term, success, and happiness. Which does not come from making short-sighted decisions based on the norms?
For me being financially free is important because I want to be able to pick up and travel at the drop of a dime. I am fortunate because my passion is portable, I can podcast or write from anywhere. But what I have realized is when you pursue a traditional career, freedom becomes far fetched.
Over time we become chained to our jobs and possessions. Without recognizing it we find ourselves in a cycle of leading a normal sub-par life. That we are not truly happy with but we don't know or don't want to work to change it.
My challenge to you is to start to think about what does FREEDOM means for you.