According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the poverty threshold for a single-person household (or vanhold, I assume) is currently $11,770 annual income. Thanks to Social Security, I'm above the poverty line.
By the standards of my former job-holding, house-owning, middle-class life, though, I'm poor. Really poor. Burger flipping poor. Floor mopping poor. Lettuce picking poor. No American Dream® for you poor.
But I'm the happiest I've been in a long time.
The American Dream is expensive. Not just in dollars. It takes a toll on our mental and physical health as well. And if we manage to attain the American Dream, we become fearful of losing it.
Well, here I am, without the trappings of the American Dream. And life is good. I'm contented. I'm at peace. I'm fortunate.