Friday, March 7, 2014

The Commute to the Rat Cage

Just as you hear the announcement, "Doors are closing...", another one forces his way into the already packed train, ignoring the disgusted faces at the brim of the doorway. 

The doors close, leaving an inch of space between it and the commuters' faces. 

As the train starts to move, it rocks from side to side; your body rhythmically grazes the one next to you who is drenched in sweat. 

8 stops later, you arrive. There, you see throngs of white-collared rats tapping out of the station - "Beep, beep, beep....". 

The sound of formal shoes and heels hitting the hard floor seem to harmonise with the 'beeps' to form what I call the "peak hour orchestra". The women in their power suits tote their Chanel bags proudly while the men, clad in their fully-fitted shirts walk with their heads up high - like a proud rat.

You make your way through the crowd while constantly stealing a quick glance at your watch - most of the time, the watch ticks faster than your steps. In order to catch up, you walk faster to stop the lift doors from closing and there you finally stand still for a good minute - trying to catch your breath and a brief moment of calmness.

"Ding!" The lift door opens.

You barely make it on time. 

I know how it feels; the dreaded morning rush to the rat cage. The journey usually takes about an hour and most of us white-collared workers work at least 9 hours a day. So you think that if you work 5 days a week, you have a 45-hour work week.

However, you forgot to add in the 2 hours spent commuting to and from the rat cage. Your 45-hour work week is now a 55-hour work week. This excludes the time you take to get ready in the morning and the time spent to de-stress and unwind after a long day running on the treadmill.

And for a summary of the commute back home, read the first 8 paragraphs again.

How much of your time is actually yours in a day?

What are you doing to own it back?

What are you waiting for? Start here.

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