What is the American Dream?

american-dream-001With all of the changes our country is going through many believe that the American Dream is dead. But what exactly is the American Dream?

I believe it all started just years after the beginning of our own Industrial Revolution when jobs where in high demand and employers starting offering more attractive employment packages to attract and retain quality employee’s. As time went by and as worker unions started forming these things became the norm for the American worker even thought it took the time span of two major world wars to get there. TV portrayed the typical American family as both comfortable living in a home they were able to purchase with just one single income.

It seemed to be the good life for many, but as many stories are told sometimes there are parts that are left out. There is and has always been a segment of our society that has difficulties getting by. With many going into the factory life with very little education finding themselves mindlessly working 12 hours per day jobs laboring to produce the latest and greatest products they found themselves spinning their lives into a life that shows little rewards. There were always homeless populations, alcoholics and drug addicts living amongst our societies. People living in shacks down south surviving of the land and farm workers moving from area to area to find a job that would pay enough to get through the season. The total picture was never painted on our TV screens and those lucky enough to dedicate themselves to proving they can contribute to a manufactures success plan found they could compare their lives to their favorite TV show.

They knew that they were locked into something very special as company contributions to retirement plans and pensions would ensure a nice living for the retired life one day.

The story today is very different as 20 somethings and even 30 somethings struggle to pay off college loans that lead to very little opportunity in find employment in their particular area of study leaving many to work two or even three part time jobs with no benefits to try to scrap through life. Purchasing a home in this type of atmosphere is highly unpredictable and at best just a passing thought of hope in the future. Employee unions are at all time low as many of the manufacturing employees that they once represented are no longer working in those fields due to corporations over sea’s. Does all of this mean that there is no hope for the American worker and the American Dream is dead?

This is what I believe the American Dream is. The ability of feel a sense of freedom without interference from any source that would deny the rights that our framers developed in what we call our Constitution. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The American dream is still alive and people need to wake up and realize that nothing ever stays the same and change is always blowing in the wind. So we have become a service oriented society? That simply means that when selecting a career certain skills must be learned to find gainful employment. The one great thing about these fields are that education is inexpensive while salary rates are high. Two years of technical school could send you on path of lifetime success.

There are good times and bad times and with each there is a time to spend and a time to save. Living a frugal life is not a bad life and developing a plan of attack to pay off creditors and start banking money is easily achievable through hard work. I knew a man who lived in a tent in the back yard of a friends house for two whole years and managed to get out of debt while purchasing an acre of land. He continued living this way for another two years on his own land in an RV that he was able to purchase for just a thousand dollars. Eventually he build a small house and today is living debt free with his wonderful little family. He didn’t get there by accident. It took dedication and learning to do without. He created his own American Dream and attained it.

So yes, the American Dream is still alive and well. And with a little bit of creativity and sacrifice you to can take a bite out of the American Dream. You and you alone make the biggest differences in your own life. Get excited and find your American Dream.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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20 Responses to What is the American Dream?

  1. Maryanne says:

    Beautiful post! The story about your friend getting out of debt brought happy tears to my eyes. It’s always amazing when people work against the odds and achieve. It’s all about being positive and determined.

  2. EJ says:

    I really agree ๐Ÿ™‚ From what I have viewed, living out of the ordinary and being creative will be far more fulfilling than taking an easy route.

  3. facetfully says:

    Reblogged this on FACETFULLY… and commented:
    Reblogging… what do you believe about the American Dream?

  4. mommermom says:

    People forget it is usually the simpler things and the people in our lives which bring us the most lasting joy. Great post.

  5. It is alive and well. Great post.

  6. jude made it says:

    Well said; your point is well taken. Too many of us are unwilling to sacrifice what it takes to obtain our “dreams”. “A dream is just a dream, A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” (forgot where I heard that…but I like it) Noone said it is easy to reach any goal in life but what a proud feeling it is to finally accomplish whatever it is you are striving for. And, isn’t it about the journey and lessons learned along the way too? Thought provoking post!

  7. Great blog. I agree. The whole reason I am on this site, is that I have been doing my own thing to get the life I want.

  8. New Journey says:

    we are living the dream……great post…kat

  9. Joyful2bee says:

    This is so true. Now people over 50 are being laid off so businesses don’t have to pay accumulated vacation, retirement or sick time. These people are finding new careers and self employed businesses. It does take a lot of energy, time and money for some entrepreneurs but they are happier doing the thing they always wanted to do but didn’t because there wasn’t enough money. Perhaps that is part of the American Dream.

  10. Lori Carlson says:

    Reblogged this on As the Fates Would Have It and commented:
    The American Dream is definitely not dead as so well told here. You just have to want and work toward the life you desire.
    Comments are disabled. Please visit his blog to leave a comment. Thanks!

  11. The Millionaire's Page says:

    I love this!

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