The Daily Haiku for Jan 19. I don't own a house.
I know what you think,
I don't own a house or car,
I don't fucking care.
When you are in your twenties or early thirties and you tell others that you are traveling the world, and don't own a house, or a car, everybody's fine with that.
Now when you are in your fourties or fifties, the look at you differently. By then, you are starting to look like a weirdo in their eyes. All that adventure is ok when you are young, but aren't you worried about the future? You should be buying a house and saving money for your retirement. Being gay, I also don't fit their dogma of "buying a car, a house, getting married, getting a raise, buying a bigger TV, getting kids, buying a bigger car, getting a new raise, getting more kids, buying a bigger house, retiring, diying".
This also extends to your looks. I don't look like I own a business with more than one thousand customers and a team of more than 40 people. And you can see people looking at me differently before they know about it and after that.
I also don't fit into the "digital nomad" backpacker cliche either. I like to live well, have a business to manage, and work hard. I am not trying to make a living out of my instagram feed.
And I never said I am right and they are wrong. I may end up buying a house, a car or even a TV in the future. It is all about expectations (that I want to explore in future Haikus), stereotypes, and social dogmas.