Been thinking about this for a while now. I just realized that the "American Dream" of being rich, famous and beautiful... well, I don't want that.
I mean, yeah it'd be nice to have people say a few nice things about me once in a while, but WHO really wants to be a celebrity? The last thing anybody really needs is to have everybody obsessing over your every move. I mean, how would you watch porn, even with all the windows shut?
Never really have wanted what I'm supposed to want. I want a few things, sure, but they aren't typical American desires. In fact, they're pretty lame if ya think about it....
(The List on the Flip)
I want to make a movie. I mean, just one or two. Nothing big, nothing crazy. I don't need to get rich from it, just want to make a movie that I've always wanted to see.
I'd like to see my book in print. It's done, and yeah, I can self publish, but I'd like some of that insane printing and advertising of bestsellers to be spread around a bit.
I want a room. A nice sized bed and a computer with internet access. I have that now, but it's not permanent. I don't need TO OWN house, although the knowledge that I can't suddenly be put onto the street with my kids would be nice.
I'd like to be able to travel and see the world. Doesn't have to be fancy, elegant hotels. That's not the reason I'm going in the first place. I've already seen Iraq and I slept on a cot most of the time, I figger a minor upgrade from that will be fine. You know, A BED.
I'd like a job where I do something to make the world a better place, and go there after dropping off the kids at school, and pick them up after their after-school activities. I don't want to be cruel, but much as I appreciate babysitters, I'd like to raise my own kids.
I'd like to be able to play games a few times a week. It's not much but it's what I enjoy. Video, pen and paper, tabletop, whatever. It's my hobby and I'd like some time to do it.
Finally, I don't want to be told that I'm lazy for wanting this and nothing more. Working 16 hours a day, seven days a week is not living. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and even the simplest pleasures can be a great reward if time is given to enjoy them.
And that's what I want. I want TIME. I don't have a lot of it left. I am over half way through my life if my Grandfathers' fate has any bearing on my own. I would like to spend the second half of it enjoying the world and the things in it. I don't want to spend it trying to get MORE stuff.
Oh, and I'm not the 1%, but I hope there's a percentage of us that feels the same.