Ferris wheel ride $1 - Exploring How to Find Yourself in the Rat Race of Life

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Have you ever wondered how to find yourself in the rat race of life? I share some of my thoughts with you in this poetry reading and reflections.

Jennifer Kumar is a cross-cultural teacher, trainer and lifestyle adjustment mentor helping people adjust to American and global lifestyles through a variety of methods, including Indian cooking classes. She was educated in India as a social worker and in America as a life coach. Feel free to see her website - Authentic Journeys - Lifestyle and Cultural Transition Services.

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Ferris wheel ride $1 - Exploring How to Find Yourself in the Rat Race of Life

  1. 1. Poetry reading & Personal development series: “Ferris Wheel Ride: $1 with Jennifer KumarThank you for spending your valuable time here, today.
  2. 2. Ferris wheel ride: $1 Photo credit: photo_gratis @ flickr ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  3. 3. Observing in familiar territory... Bodies roaming insideSocially fabricated bubbles. Secure balloons:Never able to float. Photo credit: CharlotteSpeaks♥{Charlo tte.Morrall} @ flickr ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  4. 4. Asphyxiated without knowledge.Photo credit: brdavids @ flickr ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  5. 5. Dissatisfied as a drone clone. Individual ambiguities cyclone My mostdisparateDesire Forliberation. Photo credit: Ben Fredericson (xjrlokix) @ flickr ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  6. 6. Feelingdetached.Floatingabove,transient. Photo credit: Asa Delta Brasil @ flickr ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  7. 7. At the time I wrote this poem,I was just starting my life.What I mean by that is I movedout of my parents house, I wasgoing to college; I had two or threejobs. Things became easy veryquickly. Almost too quickly.Things became habitual, Ok, yes,the schedule changed slightly fromday to day. I might go to work in Photo credit: gadi @ flickrthe morning and school in the evening,or school in the morning and work in the evening, or I might haveEnglish class in the morning one day and English class in the eveningthe next day.Take all that out. ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  8. 8. I noticed that no matter how my schedule changed, it was easy to complete the schedule. Maybe for some people this is a great success, and even for me, I can say, "Yeah, its a great success."I completed my schedule day after day weekafter week without much incidence or worriesor complaints. But, it got me thinking, "Howcould it be so easy?" ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  9. 9. I sort of detached myself fromthe situation; I was lookingdown from above, observingmy familiar territory. What did Isee?I saw people running in this rat race; this socially fabricated situation. We fabricateour lives, I believe, so that we feel secure. We do the same things day in and day out,they become habitual, we dont even think or question why were doing them. And,though this brings a lot of security into our life, and gives us some kind of pleasure,for me, I felt I was losing myself in the process. By doing all these "habits", by doingthese things everybody else was doing already I wasnt giving myself time or room toknow who I was. Why was I doing what I was doing? Did I like it? Why do it andwhere would it take me? ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  10. 10. It kinda scared me.I saw all these people doingthe same thing day in andday out; without thinking,thats a "drone clone" inmy poem... I saw all thesedrone clones walkin arounddoing the same thingday in and day out, andit kinda freaked me out. Photo credit: carlos.a.martinez @ flickrI dont wanna be a drone clone. ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  11. 11. I always wanted to be a little different than the rest of the people.Not because its the cool thing to do, but were allindividuals, were all human beings, we all have somethingwonderful and unique to contribute to the world and if everybodysnumbed themselves down to be drone clones to get some kind ofsecurity in their life, but lose themselves in the process, I felt asthough.... what a shame, and how sad. How sad it is to live a lifeknowing that there are so many unique people out there but beingnumbed down by the schedules and situations of life to createsecurity we trade off ourselves.We almost lose our own breath without knowing about it. Wealmost lose our soul without knowing it. We become asphyxiatedwithout knowledge. ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  12. 12. So, then you might say Jennifer, "You told me about your entire poem, but what about that... title! Ferris Wheel Ride -$1, what does that mean?" Photo credit: rumpleteaser @ flickrOk, well I was tryin to come up with a title that could represent something very averageand normal. So, a Ferris wheel ride is a ride in a carnival. Everybody loves to go to acarnival. Some people say life is like a carnival. If you leave a carnival without riding aFerris wheel, as many may leave life by riding the rat race, you havent went to thecarnival, you havent lived life. Thats the kind of analogy I am trying to make with this.And, why $1? Well, One dollar is easy. Most people can afford a dollar. And, theres no riskinvolved. You could easily spend a dollar to ride a Ferris wheel as you can easily spendyour time in creating habits to be in the rat race, but would spend a thousand dollars for thesame Ferris wheel ride? Would you spend your time in a different way to get to knowyourself better? ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  13. 13. Thats a risk that many people dont take, not only because society doesntencourage it, but we scare ourselves away from doing this. We scare ourselvesfrom spending time with ourselves to get to know who we are as a person and to getto know our true meaning and purpose on this earth.Dont let yourself be a person who listens to this message and decides that mypurpose is meaningless. You are an amazing person. You are an individual like no other. Theres a goldmine inside of you. Do not let that go to waste. Let us; the world get to know you for the unique and awesome person that you are. Photo credit: egor.gribanov @ flickr Give yourself a chance to shine. ©2012, Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director authenticjourneys.info -- authenticjourneys@gmail.com
  14. 14. Thank you for watching!Want to talk or meet with me to discuss your purposeful, authentic life’s path? Contact me, Jennifer Kumar authenticjourneys.info authenticjourneys@gmail.com ©2012

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