Friday, February 28, 2014

Crippled by Locked-in Syndrome


For some reason, if you keep returning to this blog, I hope I've managed to make you see the bigger picture. And if you're reading this blog during office hours, I'll assume that you finally see yourself as a corporate rat running on an endless treadmill.

I've never told you this, I don't mean to scare you, but it's time you found out that you have another condition known as Locked-in Syndrome. 
"In medical terms, Locked-in Syndrome is a condition whereby a person experiences complete paralysis of voluntary muscles in all parts of the body except for those that control eye movement. The patient is alert and fully conscious but cannot move." - MedicineNet.com
What you are doing now to earn a paycheck may not be what you really want to do, office politics may be starting to get to you, work is overwhelming or your superior may be a jerk and you really want to quit.

But you can't.

You are fully alert and conscious of your well-being but you cannot move because you're locked into the lifestyle of a typical white-collar worker. You are either trapped by debt or an expensive lifestyle that you can't afford.

When you're locked-in, you don't have a voice or a choice. You become a victim of hopelessness; a pay cut would severely affect your life (causing you to default on your monthly debt commitments) and if your job requires you to work 72 hours a week, you have no choice but to comply because you are dependent on a paycheck.

Your life hangs at the mercy of a paycheck.
"Trying to make ends meet, you're a slave to the money then you die" - Bittersweet Symphony
The good news is that being locked-in is only temporary (if we are making an effort to recover).

Unfortunately, a huge chunk of us choose to make it a permanent situation.


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