Our American expectations. I've never been one to want the 'American Dream.' I've never been one to want what this country has always advertised as our selling factors. But for some reason, I feel like it will happen to me much like it has happened to everyone else.
Maybe I won't be as wealthy as we all fantasize to be (or think that we are.) Maybe I won't have the huge house, but I'll have the decent two-story. With a white picket fence. Even though that's something I've never demanded, maybe I'll wind up with it.
Maybe someday I'll find myself with the husband who's home for dinner every night at 5:30. Maybe he'll scoop up our average of 2.5 kids and pat the family dog on the head. Maybe that's what's awaiting me.
Maybe I'll wind up with all of these things. Though like most, I never spent my childhood daydreaming about these things. I never fantasized about the wedding dress and the cake and the little flower girls. I just saw me doing something. I still don't know what that something is.
But I pictured myself as completely self-sufficient. Some may say I pictured myself as the lone, single, spinster type, but I just never imagined a family. I still haven't considered it. I still see myself as the self-sufficient person. I still don't see that big house with the fence and the roses. I just don't fit this American Dream.
Is it even the American Dream anymore? Do kids still let their minds wander about having 2.5 kids and a protective husband who comes home every night to a clean house? Do girls still fantasize about their wedding and their pure white dress, or has the game really changed?
Am I just one who only thinks about the daunting task of finding success in this world, personally and professionally, before anything else? Or is life going to get in the way and make everything simply 'norm?' Does anyone really fit the American Dream anymore?
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