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What Race Are You Running?

Do themes of how we live life reflect how the world is like – running in a competition, stressful, quick-paced rush to the finish line, whatever the finish line may be?

Is the finish line clinching that *dream* job after graduation? Is it finally being able to start a family? Is it being able to buy a house or a car debt-free?

Two common examples that embody these questions are: Horse Race and Rat Race.

The “Rat Race” Experience

Expending exhausting efforts running around, but ultimately achieving nothing meaningful is the “rat race.” This phrase is used with regard to work, particularly when excessive and competitive. Put simply, if one’s perception is that he or she works frustratingly much, one is in “the rat race.”

This terminology implies that people experience work as a seemingly endless pursuit with little reward or purpose, both boring and meaningless. The increased image of work as a “rat race” in modern times has led many to seek better alternatives and a more harmonious work-life balance. Long hours, unpaid overtime, stress, time commuting, and less time for family and friends have led to a disgruntled workforce. Yet, nowadays, economic constraints force people to continue to work and endure these pressures, so we keep running.

Rat Race Running

The “Horse Race” Event

Experiencing life as a horse race implies several things: competition, ambition, gambling, and chance. Competing to win occurs from the school yard, the classroom, the workplace, through the political arena.

The added lure of randomness looms in the background to whet one’s appetite for potential success—a prize, the enticement of gambling and chance. There’s always something to win, something to aim for.

Using nonhuman, animal analogies to describe human experiences dehumanizes people. It reflects a de-”person”-alization of one’s life and is a perilous step before experiencing the self as an animated “device” —robotic in nature and mechanical in function.

But weren’t humans made to feel and connect? That we aren’t animals meant to labour till death?

Some can answer, “Oh well, what to do?”

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Money isn’t everything though it can buy a lot of things. At the end of the day, what will make a happier memory? Working till 1am in the office every night, or building up relationships, picking up new interests and living an enriched life all in all?

Running A Race Is Tiring

Feeling worn out? We have some soups to fight the fatigue/tiredness.TCM aims to treat the source of fatigue, not merely the symptoms of it. Anyone can consume an extra cup of coffee or (worse yet) gulp down energy drinks each day. Not only will that approach notsolve your fatigue issues, over the long run, it will make them worse. Approaches like acupuncture,mindfulness, dietary changes, and qigong practices, on the other hand, may put your fatigue to rest for good.

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