It’s time to admit the truth…

The American dream, as we once knew it, is dead.

There’s a new American dream — and it’s important that we acknowledge this paradigm shift, as to make sure we’re not continuing to push a narrative that is no longer in fashion…

Because as much as we don’t want to admit it, the days of getting married, having 2.5 kids (with the house and white picket fence while working for the same company for 30 years), retiring, collecting a pension and retiring to Florida to play golf and sip iced tea are long gone.

Marriage?

Did you know that more than 50% of marriages are ending in divorce these days? Why waste the time and money?

Kids?

Have you seen the entitled batch of rug rats walking around these days? Parents are going broke keeping up with their kids’ cellphone bills and buying them whatever they want in order to stop them from making a scene in Target…

And don’t even get us started on how you can’t even discipline your child without getting at least three different government services called to your house.
Careers?

Most people barely make it a decade with one company nowadays, let alone 30 years without making a change…

Pensions?

Very few companies offer pensions these days. In fact, you’re lucky to get a 401(k) anymore…

Retiring to Florida?

Are you serious? Have you seen the type of weather that state gets? Hurricanes and heat waves while dodging alligators and crazy people — no thanks!

Golf?

Golf is a dying sport — courses are closing all around the United States due to kids caring more about the high score on their video game than actual physical activity and competition.

And let’s not even get started on iced tea…

This is the old American dream, and it no longer fits in today’s fast-paced digital age.

Have you seen the way millennials are living these days?

Man, if they’re not holed up in their parents’ basement, playing video games and collecting unemployment — they’re rooming with four other people while working their computer programming job remotely, while seldom dating the opposite sex and getting fat on a steady diet of fast food, potato chips and cheap pizza.

Very few of these people actually have their act together…

It’s a shame — somewhere, my grandfather’s looking down and shaking his fist at the earth while screaming, “We trusted you!”

It’s time to accept that our world has changed and that the American dream that previous generations fought for is no longer what the youth of today wants.

In fact, it’s hard to tell what they want…

The only thing we know, for sure, is that they don’t want the house, the wife, the kids or the career.

They want to get paid for nothing…

They want to be social media “influencers” rather than people who actually contribute to society.

They want to be rich and famous for nothing other than having an Instagram or Twitter account…

They don’t really want to work for what they get.

But who knows?

Everything that’s old becomes new again.

Maybe the good, old-fashioned American dream will come back around.

Maybe some hipster movement will reawaken that post-WWII spirit…

It could happen…

Think about it: If bell-bottoms made a comeback, why not work ethic and the American dream?

We can only hope, right?

 

“The American Dream is a term that is often used but also often misunderstood. It isn’t really about becoming rich or famous. It is about things much simpler and more fundamental than that.” — Marco Rubio