Maybe that’s the power of the American Dream. You can be anything you want to be.
Those who know me know I’ve been on a kick about this lately. Society teaches you that the American Dream is to go to college, meet someone, get married, buy a house, have kids and have a successful career in corporate. Then, you will be happy. I’m not quite sure why I have this in my head, but I have been fighting this notion over the last few months to define my own view of happiness.
A week or so ago when I was watching one of the political party conventions (not to be named as this is not a political post), it dawned on me – the power of the American Dream is not to do and be all those things I said, but that you can do anything you want to do, if you want to do it.
Not to say I regret any of the choices I’ve made thus far. I’ve made a great life for myself and couldn’t be more thankful for every step that took me to where I am today. But, I finally feel free to pursue my idea of the American Dream. I am free to do whatever it is I want to do in life, regardless if anyone agrees with it or supports it, provided it is legal (and kind…though that’s my own opinion). So not only is that wonderfully liberating, but it feels like all of these doors have been opened. Some, like expanding Promise Consulting Group to full-time, are clear. Others are a work in progress. And then, there are those that once seemed like only a dream, but I know now could be reality.
I’m grateful and excited that I figured this out now. I know many people never figure this out and spend their whole lives working towards something they don’t even want. I’m here to tell you, it’s never too late. You can be whoever you want to be, and you should. Even if you are living the “perfect life” on paper – are you happy? If not, why not change it?