Recapturing the American Dream
So here is the second part of the American Dream I wrote about last week, based on Fareed Zakaria’s “Time” magazine piece dated 11/1/2010.
As I stated I really loved this article, kind of a slap in the face, however what’s wrong with speaking the truth, really not a damn thing and I guess that’s why I liked the article so much. It is my hope that everyone had a chance to read it, if not follow the link above and do so; it is worth your time.
So let’s talk about how I see this in relation to our health and wellness, follow this thinking.
Mr. Zakaria’s first idea for improving our country is shifting our consumption to investment. Great thought and even better idea, he wants us to quit buying on credit and invest our money in savings, build for the future, because through the last 25 years or so our economy has been geared more and more to buy now and pay later, and guess what it’s time to pay, that is unless we all want to be working for the Chinese in like ten years, and personally I find that thought completely repulsive, time to balance things out here and regroup.
The parallel I find here is the thought of consumption, over eating, and investment, not exercising, to help us find the new you, or the new me for that matter. Remember I come from the same mindset as everyone else, I have just had my near brush with the grim reaper two and half years ago and therefore my personal epiphany, get your shit together or go write the will, I decided to do something and invest, get off my ass and get in shape and help others by teaching and sharing my story.
His next point training and education, hmm.
It is all of us who need to think hard about this and you know there are so many new and exciting opportunities coming in the 21st century that everyone needs to consider doing something you are passionate about. Us boomers, yeah us, we have so much to offer, however we are deficient in the new technological skills that are going to be needed, but fret not, because once you open the Pandora’s box of learning it really is a lot of fun and very enlightening.
And frankly, I can tell you again personally from going back to college at 40, (yeah it was very scary), that as far as work ethic goes the Boomers have the younger folks beat hands down, and that’s what education is all about, effort.
That’s my point about maintaining your health, learning can keep your mind young, and exercise can keep your body young, and eating better foods make it all work together, so our quality of life is still at the top, not declining.
Ok and here is the closer guys and gals, governmental fiscal responsibility, ooooooh the BIG ONE.
Do you realize what that means to us in particular, (Boomers), give it a thought for a second, OK are you ready.
What are the two biggest drains on our government? I will tell you, health care and entitlement programs, and who is going to be the biggest consumers of these services, you guessed it the Boomers.
So my point is to prepare now for the inevitable squeeze, health-care is going to change. Depending on the government to provide programs, (for example Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid), is foolish so we have to depend on ourselves.
Don’t sit there and bitch about it, because we created the problem in the first place. Remember earlier, consumption and investment, time to take the proverbial fiscal bull by the horns and rein in this out-of-control monster.
Let’s retrain, go back and learn, get in shape, and kick some ass!
We have to lead by example, let’s be accountable and work, and then look back and thank the Chinese for scaring us into saving, investing and getting healthier; our grandchildren will love us for it.
The American Dream coined by James Truslow Harris in “The Epic of America, 1931,” was said to be “a better, richer and happier life for all our citizens of every rank, which is the greatest contribution we have made to the thought and welfare of the world. That dream or hope has been present from the start. Ever since we became an independent nation, each generation has seen an uprising of ordinary Americans to save the American Dream from the forces which appear to be overwhelming it.”
Well said and that was 1931,
Thanks a million for reading and I hope you like the video,