This Ain’t My American Dream

I’ve been a big fan of Switchfoot ever since The Legend of Chin came out back in 1997.

They’ve got that rare combination of good music AND good lyrics.

One of the things I’ve noticed is their songs often disparage our 21st Century lifestyles of status-seeking, bling, and excess.

Take, for instance, the song “American Dream”:

     I want out of this machine.
     It doesn’t feel like freedom.

     This ain’t my American dream.
     I want to live and die for bigger things.
     I’m tired of fighting for just me.
     This ain’t my American dream.

I always feel inspired when I hear that song — inspired to forget about keepin’ up with the Joneses and simply focus on the things that matter to me.

After all, the American Dream has become distorted, impractical, unsustainable.

  • Debt doesn’t get you to your destination faster.
  • First you own your stuff; then your stuff owns you.
  • Fame is a cage. Ask anyone who’s become famous if they’d rather go back to having a certain level of anonymity, and most would say yes.

I’m more about minimalism and simplicity… spending time with people I love and care about… doing fun recreational activities… reading good books.

You know, the simple things.

It doesn’t cost much to live a good life.

So the next time you feel tempted to upgrade your car or house just because your neighbor did, remember that the American dream ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Keep following your own dreams.

And don’t let society or pop culture persuade you differently.

-Ryan M. Healy

P.S. More than 7 years ago, I quit my job to pursue my dream of being in business for myself.

And every day I’m grateful I’m able to make a living doing what I love: writing.

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Ryan Healy

Ryan Healy is a freelance copywriter, list manager, and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like,, and