You may have spent hours on Facebook and Instagram looking at the lives of others and thought to yourself: “What a wonderful life she/he has.” Your colleague is promoted and you may have thought: “She/he has gotten ahead. I am still here.” If you are constantly in a pointless pursuit to become this overachiever best-at-everything person, chasing after material things (a swank car, a luxury home, expensive vacations, and such) and “getting ahead in life,” then you are in a rat race.
The dictionary describes rat race as a “strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush” and as “an exhausting, repetitive lifestyle that leaves no time for relaxation or enjoyment.” The idea behind this race is to get ahead financially. When all you want is money and more money, you spend all your energies toward getting that. And soon you realize that it is not enough, you want more. In this quest to get ahead, you sacrifice life and cease to live and enjoy it.