The Cookie Cutter Life

From the day we are born we were thrown into a society that “showed” us what it meant to live the American Dream. Finish high school, go to college, get a career, get a 401k, get married, buy a house, have 2-3 kids and a pet and wait until retirement to really do what we want to do for fun in our life. I never bought into that, though I sure tried my best to achieve those goals.

It still doesn’t make any sense to me that we should all have the same path and it will equal happiness because everyone’s idea of happiness is different. We can only judge those based on our own biases and for that reason we can’t undersand why someone else is happy doing something we would never dream of doing ourselves.

Yet here I am married, two kids, a dog, a house, a college degree. I didn’t follow a certain set of rules made for me by society. I don’t expect everyone to follow my exact path because it is my own. I created my path and I carved my way in my own time and when things felt right to me not to anyone else.

Remember that we will always be faced with people that will try to push us into their ways of thinking but we must always stand our ground and follow our own path. Make your own cookie cutter so to speak. Remember that your life is just that – yours and not theirs. Live it the way you see fit and if you happen to end up where they all said you would (like me), at least you went about it in your own unique way and in your own time. =)


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