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Is The American Dream Your Dream?

In yesterday’s article, Stress Relief: Are You Living The Right Life For You?, I wrote about the importance of making choices in your life that will create the best life for you, even if it is contrary to what you thought you wanted or what other people think you should do.

And today, I’m still thinking about that! The Kansas International Film Festival is coming up next month, and they will be showing a new film called, “I’m Fine, Thanks!” It’s a new documentary about the issue of complacency in everyday life. It’s a “collection of stories about life, the choices we all make, and the paths we ultimately decide to follow.”


In the words of the film’s producer, Adam Baker, he wanted the movie to “give thousands of people inspiration to live their lives based on their own hopes and dreams – not someone else’s vision or script for their life. We want to push people to take the first small action to reignite their passions.”

I love this idea! There’s this great line in the trailer, where a woman talks about how important it is to “Live your own dream, not the American dream.” And as someone who has followed her own path, and not the typical college, then marriage, buy a house, followed by 2.2 kids, I’m a big believer in it!

And even if you have followed that path, that doesn’t mean things can’t change if your vision for your life has changed. As people grow and evolve, their wants and needs change too. Foster the natural gifts and passions that you have, and make sure you make the adjustments necessary to live your own dream.

It’s easy to compare yourself to others around you, but only you know what works for you.

When all your neighbors are upsizing their houses and their cars, maybe you will choose to downsize because that gives you financial freedom. When your friends are taking long vacations in exotic locales, maybe you will rent an RV and drive across the country. When your siblings are settling down and having children, maybe you’ll decide kids just aren’t your thing. Just because society in general has created a definition of a successful life path doesn’t mean that definition fits you.

I’m really curious to check out “I’m Fine, Thanks!” when it comes out in theaters. I love to hear how others followed their own paths instead of prescriptions laid out by others. And I think it might just inspire me to find new ways to define my own dreams.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. -Benjamin Franklin