For our parents, the Baby Boomers, things were a little different. Their path to success was more clear. Go to school, marry, buy house, have kids, work, retire to happily ever after.
For Generation X, that path has eroded. Unfortunately, many of us were right in the middle of the road, when it disappeared from under our feet.
The economy changed, the job market shifted and Millennials made Generation X the forgotten middle child. While our parents had no desire and frankly no need to be minimalists. Generation X has both.
Unfortunately for many of us, we’re figuring this out after 40 years of living like our parents. It’s also hard to talk to our parents about it, it’s not their fault, we know that, but it’s hard to explain to anyone outside our generation.
We look at Millennials as lucky. They came about in an age where everything was already digital. Iphones, ebooks, music, photos. They probably never had a first job that involved a file cabinet much less a typewriter!
Unfortunately, Generation X has a lot of work to do to be as successful as our parents. It’s a phenomenon my friends and I have felt and discussed, yet I’m not seeing it voiced very often. Thus, the launch of Art of Living On the Road (ALOR).
Experience Brings Greater Happiness Than Possessions
Bello and I know Location Independence is not for everyone. But we do believe other Gen Xers can empathize. Instead of slaving away chasing our parents success, it’s our time to redefine success.
Not everyone dreams to travel as much as we do. Yet we are living proof, examples of Gen Xers who changed our lives. We know what it takes to get rid of clutter in your life because we’ve done it. I know what it takes to climb out of debt because I’ve done it. We know the freedom that comes from finding time in your life to focus on what’s important.
After years of planning and making adjustments, we sold or donated all of our stuff, gave up a lease and hit the road. Together with our new found freedom we have traveled through Europe for 90 days and just finished a Cross-Country Road Trip. We’re now in Portland for two months, planning our next moves.
So, to my fellow Gen Xers, I know the heartache of feeling stuck. I also know, it’s just a feeling, not a state and it’s entirely possible to get out.
So stick with us, the journey is just getting started!