Undream The American Dream And Live Simple

I hear my daughter, Annie, talking about what she wants in life. She already knows the traditional American Dream. She wants a nice house with a swimming pool and a sports car and… We’ve all been taught to want more than we really need. It’s time to undream the American Dream.

Undream the American Dream: Photo of big house.I can’t blame my kid for wanting some nice things in life. It’s what our world teaches her. I used to think the same way. I used to dream the same dream.

It’s Time To Undream The Dream

We call it the American “Dream.” That’s ironic. We dream in our sleep. And our dreams rarely come true in real life. The American Dream is not real.

The media and slick marketers have taught us to dream the American Dream. We’ve been hypnotized into believing that products are what we need to achieve success and happiness. But it’s time to wake up and undream the stories they’ve put into our heads.

From the time we’re born, we get bombarded with commercial messages. We’re taught that there’s a certain way we must live in order to fit in and be happy. That’s the hook. Once we bite, they can keep reeling us in.

The American Dream Is Never Finished

Here’s why you need to undream if you want to live simple. The American Dream is never complete. We’re taught that there’s always one more step in order to achieve the dream. There’s always one more product or service we need to reach our potential. It’s a trick and a trap.

So what does it mean to undream the this false dream. It’s simple. You just stop listening. You stop believing the lies and do things that make you a better person rather than competing for a better image.

Three Steps To The Undreaming

  1. Stop watching the media: I rarely watch TV anymore. I know it’s impossible to eliminate all media and advertising, but make a point to limit your use as much as you can.
  2. Stop competing with others: Whether it’s conscious or unconscious, we often buy stuff to keep up with others. We think we need a bigger house or a nicer car. But it’s not true. We only need as much as it takes to live simply. The rest is our ego talking.
  3. Start creating instead of consuming: When I started writing, I stopped consuming as much media and stuff. You might practice music or build furniture. Whatever you do, you’ll find that producing something can take the place of consumption.

Once you begin to undream the American dream you can start to replace the old dream with new forms of action.

You’re an individual, Don’t let yourself be stuck in a mold that our culture has assigned. Make your own mold. Be your own person. Do your own thing. And if you’re going to dream, make it unique and follow it through into action.

I’ll have more to say about this topic in my next post…

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  1. On another site, I stated that I used to draw floor plans for houses just like the one in this black and white photo. Just knew I’d be living in one of those Southern mansions and preferably IN the south, in the middle of a square mile with a long, lazy, tree shaded lane leading right to the front. Of course, I just ASSUMED I’d have all the maids, butlers, gardeners, etc. I’d need to keep it neat and tidy. Could just feel the warm summer breezes blowing down long corridors. Well, dreams are dreams and I’ve lived a great, simple life but, once in awhile, those visions still haunt me. Truly Gone With the Wind….LOL

    1. My dream was to live in NYC in the 1960s and 70s and be part of that music and art scene. Unfortunately, I was born 15-20 years too late for that, LOL. Sometimes, I wonder if where we are today is much better than where we would have been if we could have followed those dreams.

  2. Love this! My husband are in he process of reassessing ou “dreams”. We’ve discovered we can’t wait to be free of so much stuff and able to do more for others!

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