I've always been of a different mindset. When I was younger I didn't cultivate this uniqueness, I tried to hide it, I tried to fit in. For so many years I tried to be just like everyone, I was heading and successfully got to a path that was scripted for me.
You know the one that goes....
1. Go to school
2. Successfully complete school
3. Continue to higher education or alternative
4. Get married
5. Find a career and save money.
6. Have kids
7. Own house and materials
Conclusion: Be Happy?
Well after carving my own path to make this script a reality I found emptiness. One that cannot be described in words, an utterly complete emptiness.
My relationship suffered,
my ambitions suffered,
my dreams became nonexistent.
My life at that point was not one of my own choosing, I was following the herd.
Once I had found myself at the peak of this path the happiness that was promised was not there, and like anything not founded on solid ground (belief) it all crumbled, fast!
When it finally did I started to realize what I had done, how I had gotten to that point in my life. What I had done very effectively in this whole process was suppress my dreams/passions in turn for financial success, for a reality I had never foreseen but had somehow always been conditioned to want.
In time my true self emerged, the dreamer, the traveler, a person who knew what he wanted & knew how he was going to play this game from here on out!
This bullshit "American Dream" is always talked about and repeated. It's engrained in us, so naturally we strive for it. Some of us get there and accept it, some of us don't.
Nowadays I happen to find myself on other side of the tracks with the rest of the deserters.
I live a life of fortune but not in the monetary sense. I am fortunate now because I am me. I don't value materials, I am a minimalist. I strive to live a life of my own choosing. In so choosing this path I have found a happiness that is indescribable.
So to the American dream or anything of the sort you can keep it, I'm choosing to live out my own dreams!
See the trailer below: