The Rat Race

According to Wikipedia, the source of all truth:

A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. The phrase equates humans to rats attempting to earn a reward such as cheese, in vain. It may also refer to a competitive struggle to get ahead financially or routinely.
The term is commonly associated with an exhausting, repetitive lifestyle that leaves no time for relaxation or enjoyment.

I always thought of the rat race as being the pursuit of money. Work hard and earn a lot of it so that you can do whatever you want later. As a bratty Gen Y Millenial, I thought I was above those old-school life goals, and that I was not taking part of any stupid rat race. I now realize I've been part of an other kind of rat race myself.

Following your dreams and passions, betting on yourself and your projects to reach fulfilment sounds very appealing, doesn't it? With enough work, you can be anything you want. And it's not about money, no no no, that's gross. It's about fulfilment! I want to be a rockstar and move people with my music, I want to have a successful and useful self-made business, I want to change the world! Hell yeah, sign me up! There's a little problem though... Hundreds of millions of other people also want that.

So you want to make it big?

To be fair, if you reaaaaaally want to be a rockstar, a big YouTuber, have your own successful restaurant or online business, make an impact on the world, you probably can. If you are willing to put in the massive amount of work to "make it" it your field, it is doable. But let's keep a few things in mind:

If you really think this whole experience is worth it, then by all means, go for it. Thank you for your sacrifice to create excellent content or products on a large scale. But personally, I've switched to a different mindset.

Making it... small

If what we're after is fulfilment, then try to find something you can do in your life that is fulfilling without such a high cost.

To give you an example, I am writing this article for myself. I would still have written it if no one else but me reads it. I am not trying to make it big in the field of personal development. I will share it here and there because it just takes a few minutes, but I don't care if it has a small impact. It's fine. I'm at peace with not changing the world, and I think more people should be. Thank you for reading.