Rat Race


Rat race:

Moving quickly,


Thinking of the goal

And not paying attention

To family, to friends, to those around me.

I have lost my soul,

My humanity,

My sense of self.

I have become one with the pack as I move towards a goal

Set by another.

Rat race:

When will it end?

When will I be free?

Of the strings that pull me along and

Of the demands that take away

My serenity,

My joy,

My companionship.

I wish to break free of the group,

of the rush to finish first,

of the rat race.

So I can be free to be me.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Race)


25 thoughts on “Rat Race

  1. Ah yes…to be free!!!! I have cut down on my paid work lately and joined with others in social action with the goal of effecting policy change. This IS living. Wish I could do this each day. If all the bills were somehow majically paid, I’d contribute all my time to these endevours for social change. The work is much more important than ‘keeping up with the Joneses’. I don’t see the purpose of consumerism. It rather bores me!!!!


    1. Consumerism seems to be a side effect of capitalism, doesn’t it? And in order to consume we are brainwashed to believe that we need to climb the treadmill of the rat race and live our lives with stress and focused on the goal of the company.


    1. Some more than others I think. When I read the books by Grisham and the lawyer stories of those working in big firms, I am please that I am not on that treadmill!


  2. Oh Wow! I don’t want to talk personal. I just wanna say that this really hits me in the head.
    Thank you, Colline. Deeply, deeply appreciate this. Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL words.


    1. Thank you for your kind words. Sometimes we just need a friendly reminder of where we are so that we can change direction if we wish to 🙂


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