We are in the middle of the night and I am still sitting in front of my computer in my basement. The music is loud but it’s okay. Kids are sleeping tight and they won’t notice their dad is still awake. Why the hell am I awake? Sometimes I wonder. Do I even work on something right now? Nope. I’m simply wondering around, listening to music, trying to get my head clear for tomorrow.
I just can’t go to sleep right now. There is so much going on in my head; my MBA, my job (the market drop a few other percent down the toilet today again), my company, my every thing. While I am not worried about anything, regardless if I’m so behind in my MBA work, regardless if the market crashes (there is always be a need for financial planner anyway 😉 ), regardless if I’m missing time to accomplish what I want with my company. I’m just wondering what I am doing; awake in the middle of the night… again.
This is the new modern life. 50 years ago, people used to wake up with the sunrise and sweat all day to get the labor done. They used to go to sleep at night, knowing that tomorrow will be exactly the same as today. Are we so different? Did anything changed?
We are now waking up earlier than ever, getting stuck in the traffic, working all day with our brains trying to find solutions to problem other human beings created. We get home at night and we are still working (thank to the Black Berry, Internet and the marvellous possibility of bringing work at home!). Are we getting anything out of this? “A nice retirement plan and a bonus at the end of the year so you can bring your kids to Disney World” your boss may say. Unfortunately, the bonus was not as high as expected this year (and you should pray to get one in 2009!). As of the retirement plan… well, look at the news, idiots!
This is what some people call the rat race. I should actually be grateful since I get a nice education and I am able to afford the rat race “deluxe”. But in the end, I’m still a stupid little beast with red eyes running from one piece of cheese to another. Stupid rat race!
Is there a way to get out of this rat race?
Getting out, yeah that sounds like an idea… If you get a rat and you put it in a cage, what are its options? Trying to work out its life around the parameters you gave it; labyrinths, test, and cheese. This is the rat race we are all stuck in it. But… there is a way out. You can get out.
How? By making a breech into one of these walls, walls that were created by our education, by our economic system, by our politicians. Make the breech by starting to work for yourself. Get out of the rat race once and for all.
Unfortunately, this requires sacrifice. As long as you are in that rat cage, you will still have to play the rules, and dig at night. This is why I am still awake in the middle of the night. I do not want to play the rat race anymore. Next week, I’m taking one week off (yeah, from my own vacation days) in order to work on my stuff. Trying to open the breech and look outside for once.
We are nothing but slaves in the rat race today, but it’s up to us to change our futures.