The American Dream can be, exhausting. Whew. So, this year has been a whirlwind for me. I wanted to share a little bit of realness. The first of this year I was laid off from my job, and girl let me tell you what I was proud of that job. What a blow that was! But, I can honestly say that getting laid off from a top fashion company based in Manhattan, NY was the best thing that ever happened to me. Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved fashion and the arts. However, I have always pushed aside my dreams and passions for the all-encompassing “American Dream”.
What is the American Dream Anyways?
I passionately feel that the “American Dream” is a soul crusher and keeps my generation and the ones before me in this cycle of making money and enjoying life later. For some, this works great. However, WHY WAIT to enjoy your life when you can barely walk at 65-70 years old? Let me tell you what that sounds like a shitty life! Telling my grandkids how I made friends in a hostel in London or sat at a café in Paris and read a book will bring me joy one day because I know that I lived my life to the fullest.
Why is such a drastic and stressful thing like being laid off a good thing? Well, it has allowed me to refocus all my time on reminding myself what I truly love. Don’t get me wrong there were some moments (still there at times) of pure self-doubt.
Everyone has been there
Through this process of being laid off, I found all the celebrities that were laid off. Some of these celebrities include: Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour, all were laid off at some point in their lives. Do you know what? They had this amazing characteristic called: GRIT! They did not stop because they were knocked down a couple times.
These people got back up and followed their passions with a vengeance. Let me tell you what, I hope that I spark passion in you as you read this. I hope that you realize, getting laid off is just a minor setback. With every setback, there are going to be ups and downs. BUT, I encourage all my readers that when fear comes knocking, to have grit and perseverance.
As I am unemployed all my trips that I will be writing about recently will be truly on a budget (McDonald’s dollar menu can get you far when you only have $50 in your bank account). So, this is not just a frugal or stingy person’s perspective. I really am traveling to find myself again on a budget.
So please, enjoy and feel encouraged with me!