The American Lifestyle

Once upon a time, we believed in something that we called “The American Dream.” Over the years, coupled with the internet and mainstream society, we now have the American “Do-Whatever-You Want.” We are cultivating a sense of entitlement and selfish behavior that negatively impacts those around us.

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We see it all around us in our daily lives. More so now than what we did ten or fifteen years ago, thanks in part to the internet and social media. We are growing more interconnected as a society enabling and tolerating behavior that would have been frowned upon, tactfully corrected, or ostracized before now.

You see it whenever you are waiting at a stoplight and the car next to you is making your windows rattle because their bass is turned up as far as it can go.

It happens when someone almost runs into you in the store because their nose was buried in their phone.

You don’t notice it when you are rocketing around in your metal box on rubber wheels, too selfish to yield the right-of-way to the crosswalk pedestrian to get to your destination while never fully arriving.

We post all of our pictures and selfies to social media, but are too afraid to make eye contact with those around us, as if we have something to be embarrassed about.

For far too long each of us has been moving at a steady max speed through our lives, trying to get to where we want to be as if what we have here and now is just something to get through. “I have to make it to retirement,” or “I need to save up to buy a house,” or “I need to earn that college degree…” We dare to dream but we never dream to live.

We say that we are modern and progressing as a nation but as long as everyone remains trapped in this overrated, arrogant, fuck-you, egotistical lifestyle that owns nothing but is entitled to everything, we will stagnate and vegetate were we currently are.

 

The Highlight Reel of Life

It is really hard to be happy in today’s world when most of us have our noses buried in our phones with Facebook pulled up. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… take your pick, the end result is the same. We fail to realize that the digital fence that we peer over into our neighbors’ lives is nothing but the highlight reel of their own.GOPR0319.MP4.Still001

We compare our lives to these positive aspects of another’s life. In so doing, we ruin our own happiness.¬†If I only had what they¬†have, we tell ourselves. Some individuals post the opposite; instead of the highlight reels they only have the negative, but they are less common.

It’s ironic to note that mainstream media focuses on the negative aspects of life when social media is very much the opposite.

These highlight reels make it difficult for us to allow ourselves to be happy. The constant want for things we do not need in order to impress people we do not like. It’s a circular dilemma that is very difficult to break, but realizing it is the initial step. Instead of allowing ourselves to be bogged down with the jealousy that we should only take at face value, realize that they are undoubtedly going through similar struggles as you are.