The New American Dream

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“In our society those who have the best knowledge of knowing are also those who are the furthest from seeing the world as it is.” George Orwell

Happiness is knowing and understanding what makes you glow. What makes us happy as humans is what makes us tick and gets under our skin in the best of ways. It’s our motivation to get up in the mornings and gives us a fiery passion in the soul.

The American Dream is a set of ideals which includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society. In the definition by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims, "all men are created equal" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

What happens when your life plans implode? You begin asking yourself the big questions: What do I really need in life? How can I make my life better? Will I meet that guy? Should I settle down? Get married? Have kids? Stay single? What is the American dream? Get a “Real” (desk) job? What is the purpose of my life? The American Dream that I knew all about growing up was not what I wanted- but I was struggling to break the mold and norms of society to do my own thing.

Sleeping in the back of my Subaru or on friends’ couches while traveling around “The Great American West,” life began to make a little more sense. I began to imagine a new future. Cafes became offices and new friends gave great life advice. Towns I had never seen before now felt like home and a new community to count on says a lot being half way across the country.

I left because I didn’t know what to do and I felt that if I visited enough towns, skied enough new resorts things would begin to make more sense and I would figure something out. Maybe I am a romantic in following writers past who pack up and travel around to find answers. What is a home anyways? I took a grand tour to break the routine to discover my real dreams and tell my story.

The New American Dream is the one where we are creating and living the lives we want to- not the ones others try to tell us to live. We make mistakes, take risks and most of all what bring us joy leaves a smile on our faces everyday. Sure it’s not easy and there are lots of people that question, judge and tell us everything we are doing is wrong. And it is wrong, for them. But we have a different calling in life and it may even change 5 times by the time we are 40 but at least we will know we have lived.