Here's a quick story on how I got trapped into society's 9 to 5 rat race. How money dictated my lifestyle and gave the the illusion that I was actually "free".

Here's a quick story on how I got trapped into society's 9 to 5 rat race. How money dictated my lifestyle and gave the the illusion that I was actually "free".

Rat race
noun
informal
  1. a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.
    • an exhausting, usually competitive routine.

I didn't wanna be a Toys R Us Kid...

When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up the choice was EASY. I said I wanted to become a Ninja. Kicking ass on the daily, fighting evil and pretty much doing whatever I wanted when I wanted.

The Start Of A Rat Race

THe dream crusher

My dream was shattered when I was told Ninja's don't make money. (Keep in mind I'm around 8 years old at the time) Soon after I wanted to play in the NBA. The thought of earning millions having an exclusive shoe deal and getting paid to "play" sounded like a win-win. Eventually, I later settled on becoming a professional bowler.. what's my point?? I NEVER wanted a 9 to 5 since as early as my damn childhood.

(Feel free to google: The Kidnap Soundtrack, Eyeagainst, Closet City and Mouther if you'd like)

(Feel free to google: The Kidnap Soundtrack, Eyeagainst, Closet City and Mouther if you'd like)

life decisions

Shortly after starting college I joined a band a few bands and even toured as well. So how did I end up working a 9-5? One simple word.. "security". My parents refused to financially assist with my rent unless I was in school.

It never made sense to take multiple classes not related to my major that didn't affect my life. Remembering the battle of 1812 in a history book did nothing to pay my rent or better my life at the time.

There’s more to life than memorizing textbooks and wasting away in cubicles

While having medical insurance and a steady paycheck seemed like a no-brainer. Little did I know I was selling my soul and limiting my creative ability as I was sold on a false security but not actual freedom.

I was so blindsided by the benefit & vacation package that I totally couldn't comprehend how I was giving up and accepted my own self limitations. It didn't hit me until years later but when it did.. it hit me like a ton of bricks.

I wasn't making much money but just enough to distract me from how drastic of a change it would be going from expressing myself musically on the road with my friends to sitting in silence in front of a computer for 8 solid hours.

The force shaping world opinion and consumer’s buying habits is also the same force that shapes all of our outcomes. It’s up to you and me to take control of this force and decide on our own actions consciously, because if we don’t direct our own thoughts, we’ll fall under the influence of those who would condition us to behave in the way they desire.
— Tony Robins

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