I am leaving the rat race.
In some ways i have already left the rat race.
Being unable to work as in some ways, especially financially put me outside the senseless need to buy, buy buy. I find it increasingly difficult to feel a sense of satisfaction with the commercial side of the world.
So what is the ‘Rat Race?’ According to Google it is ‘a way of life in which people are caught up in competitive struggle for wealth or power.’ We shouldn’t have to struggle to provide for ‘wants’ and ‘wants’ should never come before ‘needs.’
For me it is not so much about giving up money, although if i could live in the world without it, i honestly would, but as it’s not possible, as there are bills to pay and food to buy and other people’s expectation to be met, i want to take a step back and see where i land and from there.
Christmas is coming! Have you noticed? I am sure that you have, especially if you have been anywhere near any large shopping area. Now, don’t get me wrong. It is not that i do not like Christmas, and nothing can make me feel so good as when i give gift that is received well. Yet, just the other day as i wandered through a local shopping centre i couldn’t help but see how many people were almost blindly walking around and everyone else around them seem to be invisible – people watching is something i have always enjoyed, as human behaviour often leave me bemused.
One of my goals for this year was ‘Make more, spend less.’ I would have liked to be able to say that all the gifts i am giving this year are handmade, but unfortunately that is not so, there is always room for improvement in the future. But, it is time to stop the crazy buying – rushing here, rushing there and getting nowhere at all. However, personally speaking i do think gifts should still be given and i am sure i would be amused by a card that said ‘i have a bought a cow in your name for a family in a far off place…but once my children bought me a star and that was felt warm and fuzzy!!!
Recently i have been watching re-runs of Star Trek and it has got me thinking. What if there was no money? What is money had no value? If what we needed and a little of what we wanted was provided freely for an honest days work? Could there ever come a time when we really would give up money and the need for stuff we do not need, but want? Yet, even Councillor Dianna Troy sometimes wants real chocolate and requests it from the replicators on ship – there is nothing wrong with fulfilling a little need sometimes. We would live in a world where there was no hunger, no poverty and no greed. Would the end of money bring peace? It doesn’t always bring peace in the Star Trek so there is no reason to think it would it would in reality. But, no one would be rich and no one would be poor and everyone would work to their ability…
But, for now i live in the real world and i need to prepare for the season to come. I am grateful that although my children enjoy giving and receiving gifts they do not see the need for expensive, elaborate toys and trinkets of no heart value.
I know that i need to be more proactive in achieving my goal of ‘Make more, spend less’ or indeed ‘…spend less’ on that which has no lasting value.