ASK VICKI - m not sure the “American Dream” is really all that “dreamy.”Published 11/10/2010
Q. I’m not sure the “American Dream” is really all that “dreamy.” Life is so hectic, I always have so much to do taking care of my family and trying to make enough money that I feel overwhelmed most of the time. How can I get off this “crazy train?”
A. What is your definition of the “American Dream?” Are we striving for something that doesn’t really exist or have we bought into a way of life that is literally killing us? Just how is this dream defined? Is it living in an apartment, owning your own home or living with family? Is it having several children, no children or pets for your children? Is it owning a new car, old car, motorcycle or boat? Is it having 5 maxed out credit cards or 2 that you pay off every month? Is it working for yourself with more freedom but higher insurance premiums or working for a company with less vacation flexibility but better insurance premiums? Is it living in the city or living in the country? Is it working 50-60 hours per week or making due with a 40 hour week? It seems there are countless stressed out people who are in pursuit of this so called dream. Maybe the dream needs to be dissected for flaws and rewritten for health and most importantly; its not one size fits all. Lets get off the crazy train.
Please send your American Dream definitions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will compile the information and print in a future edition.