The Rat Race

We are all so conformed by this way of life. Always racing through life… From the moment we open our eyes each day, we race to get the kids ready for school, we race to get to work, we race to get 10 days of work done in 1 day, we race to take the kids to their activities, we race to get home, we race to make dinner, we race to get everyone to bed.

It just got me thinking… Let’s do the sum; if there are 52 weeks in a year and 5 working days in each week that gives you 52 weeks x 5 working days which equals to 260 working days. It’s truely insane to think that for 260 days a year this is how we go through life. We get so caught up in this racing routine we miss out on all the opportunities we have to take in all the special moments.

Let’s break it down

rat race

  1. a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.

Firstly the so called rat race is seen as a way of life in other words the typical pattern of behaviour of a person or group. So basically it means doing the same thing in the same way over and over. Living the same day for 260 days of the year… Crazy right? Reminds me of that romantic comedy 50 first dates where Lucy’s loved ones help her live the same day over and recreating exactly the same events each day.

I’m sure you have watched this movie before and that you understand my comparrison. We all get trapped in this so called “save life” we take no risks. Trapped in our own little box that we created for ourselves. Afraid to take a leap of faith into the unknown, there for we end up, stuck… living a life we don’t want to live.

Breaking it down…

Further more a rat race is being desribed as being caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle. In simpler terms… we end up being involved in an activity we did not even plan to be involved in. We chase after material things with no true value in a destructive manner, bull dozing anyone who stands in our way. Having a strong desire to be more successful than others.

We are running after wealth and power even though there is enough sunshine for everyone we want it all for ourselves. We feel that to be happy we need an abundance of valuable possessions or money. Giving up time with our spouses, children, family and friends to race after things that cannot fufill our hearts disires.

And at the end of this, very exhausting, pointless, race we end up feeling lost, lonely and miserable. Having trouble handling or coping with the pressure of winning an unbeatable race. I am not saying that there is something wrong with wanting or having valuable possessions or money, but if it means you have to sacrifice your mental health, family, morals and values to have all this… and have no one to share you accomplishments with…

Is it really worth it?

I personally find it difficult to have the right balance of work and family. I love spending most of my free time with my husband and kids. I also believe in following your dreams which takes alot of hard work and there is a few sacrifices that comes with working hard.

Lately I have been feeling emotionally and physically tired. I have an extremely busy life, and sometimes it all just weighs me down. I am busy prioritizing what is important to me and what I want out of my life. I believe in living a happy balanced life.

I don’t want to be part of any rat race this life has to offer. I have always thought of my values as something to be treasured.

I’d love your feedback on this matter please drop your comments below⬇.


Michelle ♡

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