Closing Chapter 4: The Rat Race

Everyone has some form of goal they want to achieve in their lifetime. A million dollars in the bank, a swanky mansion, a cool car.... some have simpler dreams... a decent house, maybe 3 kids, the list goes on. In their effort to chase their dreams for more money, power, status, the rat race is inevitable.

There is no end to the hamster on the wheel. They all started out full of hope, with a light in their eyes, expectations of great things with good and hard work. The light slowly dims as their bodies shift to auto pilot. We move on with our daily routine without passion. I've seen people in their 40s or 50s just going about their jobs without a trace of a smile, pre-programmed beings just showing up to collect their monthly pay cheques to put food on the table.

I've grown tired of the rat race, weary like butter spread over too thin on toast... Heck, I'm only 27 this year! I used to enjoy the fast pace of the cities, maybe I was young then. Well, not that I'm old now but I think I have re-evaluated my priorities. Eventually I find it ironic that we rush like mad to work, then work, work, work, work, work, work, work, then rush like mad again back home only to repeat the same cycle day after day.

Which begs the question, these people so engrossed in their pursuits, do they understand that money can only get you so much? They get work to overwhelm them. Sleep less. Eat at their desks. Negligible recreation. Exercise nil. Some to the point of isolating their family, loved ones. Loved ones who care so much but are less prioritized. People who should matter the most gets the leftover time and attention.

Do they honestly think that more money can solve everything? More power to step on people can make you highly respectable? In case any one forgets, it's lonely at the top..... You can have all the money in the world but if there's no warm sincere love to share it with you, what's the point? The higher you go, the more fakers you meet. Everyone else around you is just waiting for that opportunity to strike. For you to trip before the stampede ensues as they scramble to take over your place...

Just like the old adage says, money does not buy happiness. True but one may argue that on the other hand, money can certainly buy you a lot of things that can make you happy. But how many of us realize that that's only a temporary solution to fill a gap that grows wider and bigger with every purchase.

Sometimes it takes a life-changing event to take place before we realize that maybe we've been doing it wrong all this while. For me, it was the demise of Ah Ma. It hit me hard like a splash of cold water. We think we are so different from others. On default, we assume that we will live to a ripe old age. Now, really, we are such fragile creatures. At any point, any time and any where our lives can just be ripped away from us.

What I'm trying to say is that we should all strive to be content, to be grateful with what we already have. Treasure the people around us, our family, loved ones. We need to try and un-complicate our lives. Life is meant to be simple. Why do we need to introduce more complexities into our lives? Brings nothing but pain and pressure.

Else, it will always be a struggle.

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