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Are you living the American Dream?

Updated on August 27, 2012
What is YOUR American Dream?
What is YOUR American Dream?

What is the American Dream?

To some people the "American Dream" is owning your own home, being a homemaker, having 2.5 kids, having cars, having a job, having health insurance etc....

But what is the "American Dream" really?

I know I don't have the "American Dream"

Since the day I turned 18 I've been on my own. I've worked and taken care of my responsibilities all my life. Some years have been better than others, but in all I've done pretty well for myself. Up until now that is.

A few years ago I found out I had diabetes. Manageable, but nonetheless diabetes. I've always been able to scrounge up the money to help pay for my medical expenses. I've always been able to take care of myself and my household. I've never been rich by any means, and I'm okay with that. But I can't get health care because of my "pre-existing" condition. So a few years ago I had to stop going to the doctor because I couldn't afford it anymore. Therefore resulting in no more medicine, no more insulin and no more consultations. Each day I have to PRAY that I'll be okay. Of course I can't get government assistance with medical because I'm not pregnant and I don't have any children already. I'm just a single, white female with a husband. Pretty sad huh?

Recently I've lost my full time job. I wasn't laid off, nope I was fired. (For reasons I won't explain here. Because, frankly, I shouldn't have been fired) But nonetheless, fired. In my house I've always been the sole supporter. So now to scrounge and take odd jobs is the story of my life. I've been out EVERYDAY searching for a "real job" but it's been all dead ends. I've recently had to start cleaning a house once a week to "help" make ends meet little by little. I still have my 2 day a week job as a "shot girl" at the local bar, but it's enough to make the car payment and that's about it. We have no extra money to pay our rent, buy food or even put gas in the car anymore. And it's not for lack of trying. My husband does work, but the work is minimal to say the least. Of course every little bit helps, but it's NEVER enough.

So what really is the American Dream? Is this it? Because if so, I think I'll pass! I'm not a materialistic person by any means at all. All I want is a job that pays the bills, buys groceries and leaves us a tiny bit left over. All I want is medical insurance that is affordable and will cover my health needs. Because I know that my health is going down hill quickly, but there is nothing I can do about it. All I want is a home. I don't want to have to rent a room from someone forever. I want us out on our own. But that dream is quickly shoved in the back of my mind because we are barely surviving as it is.

I know I'm tired of struggling day in and day out. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I'm not the typical person that thinks the world owes them anything. I know that if you want something bad enough you have to go out and work for it. I've done it all my life. But now, when I need it the most, it's not there.

Where are the jobs? Where is the help for those that really do need it? The help that should be there just isn't. How is it fair to us Americans, that have worked all our lives, to not have the help that "WE" paid into?

What is your American Dream?


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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hi gggirl, your story is very touching! Because I am not in your shoes, I can only imagine what you might be going through! A lot of people here in the U.S. and abroad have no idea of how tough it is financially, for many economic disadvantaged Americans. A lot of us Americans do every single thing we are suppose to do to earn a decent living, but the reality of it is that, misfortunes and sudden destruction have a way of hampering our hopes and dreams. The sad thing about it, when you fall, you cannot rely on the system to pick you up! You have to fight like hell to pick yourself up! It's really sad.

      One thing I will advice you to do is to keep on trying, don't give in or give up. If you believe in God, keep praying that he opens a door for you! We are living in a Society where selfishness and greed prevails. There is no love and concern for the poor and needy. Politics nowadays, is based on self-interest of Politicians -- for friends and wealthy associates/interest groups, not so much for the country at large or the common people who really need help!