The New American Dream

On the welcome page to our site, I call our journey the ‘New American Dream’. Indi mentioned that she didn’t quite agree with that, and I realize I have not really explained myself. So here is what I think:

The old ‘American Dream’ is exactly what we’ve been doing. We own a home, have respectable jobs, live in the suburbs, live relatively comfortably. Nice car, we eat out a lot, etc. It’s been nice, but lately it’s felt like an old loaf of bread, sitting on the counter. It looks fine, but you just KNOW when you pick it up or examine it closely, you’re going to see a lot of mold.

We are in debt. Indi is fantastic at budgeting, but we keep finding things we “need”. Food/Gas prices are rising steadily, denting our savings plans. Our mortgage isn’t necessarily choking us, but it’s no small thing either. The lifestyle we lead isn’t doing us any favors in the health department. It’s just not working.

The fundamental problem with the trend of America for the last some-odd years is a lack of understanding. By better understanding our fellow man and the universal nature of it all, I think we are able to make better decisions and live richer, more fulfilling lives. The process of learning can bring light into the darkest of corners.

So I think this: pursuing this new dream is much more likely to bring happiness and give purpose to an otherwise endless daily grind.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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