Home. What does it mean to you?
For some, it’s a place to relax and unwind after a long day at work, for many, it’s a place to watch your kids grow up, movie nights, birthday celebrations, and quality time with your significant other. For others, it’s a place to retire to and maybe even a combination of all the above.
Having a home has always been synonymous with the American Dream, right?
You know, parents, grandparents, teachers, etc told us growing up that the American Dream consists of buying a home & raising a family complete with the white picket fence. The path to reach the American Dream sounded so easy and if you are like me, I never question why the path was the same for everyone. Until I got older. Much older actually. I’ve spent the greater part of my 30s questioning many things we were taught growing up.
What about today? Is this still the American Dream?
Yes I believe it is, however, the path to get there is not the same as generations who’ve come before us and it’s certainly not as easy as it’s told and undoubtedly it isn’t the same for everyone. Today, the American Dream is what YOU decide it to be for YOU. There isn’t a generic script for us all to follow. In fact, all the things taught to me growing up as the American Dream has been accomplished right here in this 42 foot 5th Wheel RV.
Would you believe me if I told you…
That we pursued the generic American Dream, complete with a picket fence, but it wasn’t a dream. It quickly became a nightmare. One filled with struggles, financial stress, long hours, overtime, lack of time with each other, & worse…the thought of having a family wasn’t even a reality. Even though we had a 5 bedroom 2400 square foot home and thought we made it. I mean, we followed the path others came before us, took the advice from our parents and teachers, but the dream was too harsh of a reality. We left our home at the age of 35 years old, typically when most people consider settling down.
Yes, this might be a “Recreational Vehicle”….
But for us, it’s been our “Realization Vehicle”. It’s paved the way for us to realize what our dreams really are.