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escaping the rat race

In an analogy to the modern city, many rats in a single maze expend a lot of effort running around, but ultimately achieve nothing (meaningful) either collectively or individually. This is often used in reference to work, particularly excessive or competitive work; in general terms, if one works too much, one is in the rat race. This terminology contains implications that many people see work as a seemingly endless pursuit with little reward or purpose.

Rat race

I’m not sure when the term rat race was first coined, but it seems more appropriate today than ever. People long for a slower more meaningful pace of life. They envy the people travelling the waterways in narrow boats or just simply enjoying their lives.

There is a lot of pressure to ‘aspire’ to a lifestyle that conforms to a dog eat dog race that really goes nowhere. At the end of the race, we might die rich or we might die poor; but we still die. Every single one of us.

Should  we aspire to  join a higher social class? Early in the last century Parisian socialites saw itinerant gypsies just enjoying life and decided to adopt the same lifestyle. These Bohemians enjoyed art, music and more cultural pursuits. Most of all they found people with whom they could communicate, they all had something in common. That common pursuit of creativity brought them together and rather than developing relationships that would make them financially richer; they developed relationships that made them socially and culturally richer.

With that transition from conformity to non-conformity they found freedom, the freedom to explore new ideas, different foods, Avant-garde styles in their clothing and a new sense of adventure combined with a new sense of freedom inspired by a gypsy culture.

It makes me think about my creative freedom and I wonder if there are more people like me who escaped the rat race.

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