The Whole Truth

Nov 19

2010

The New American Dream? Giving It All Up

by Alexis Neely - Posted in Having It All, Life |

I’m writing from Cuzco, Peru. It’s my second day here and what I’m awed by the most so far is not the Peruvian culture or even the ancient history.

I’m awed by the number of people I’m meeting here who have given up the “American Dream” to discover their own dreams.

They’ve “given it all up” for something so much greater. Their own freedom.

Like Larissa, the art teacher, who has been resistant to change most of her life, but knew there was something more. So she sold most of her belongings, put the rest in the storage and now she’s here on her way to who knows where.

She’s discovering what’s real and true for her.

Maybe this is the new American dream – freedom, adventure, finding ourselves. The Eat, Pray, Love life you may call it.

Regardless of what you call it, my wish for you is that you find a way to live it.

Move beyond all the reasons you can’t live your dreams and find the way to make it your reality.

Maybe it doesn’t mean selling everything and traveling around the world. Perhaps for you, it means giving up the soul-draining J.O.B. and starting the business you’ve always dreamed about. Or writing that book you’ve got inside you.

Whatever it is, stop making excuses for why you can’t and start now. There’s no better time.

So, what’s your dream? The one you would do, if only …

I’d love to hear and so would everyone else who visits here. Share your dream, what’s keeping you from living it and one action step you are willing to get a little closer to it?