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This drawing represents the race in which we are all entered the day we are born. The race is to attain social status and possessions – success is measured in money. Different people race at different speeds with different goals. It begins before we are born. We can be and are examined and measured even before we are born. Our arrival is too late to discover our sex! When we are born they weigh and measure us and then the race is on…….. “My baby walked at 10 months” – “Mine did at 9 months” – From now on we are urged to be bigger, better and faster. A babywalker, slide, swing, roller skates and bike give us more speed. Our clothes are bought two sizes too big – We are tested in school – points equal further education Childhood is shortened if we are good at sports – rewards are enormous if we are successful Houses and moneybags represent status and possesions – Bigger house, faster car, more money – Dropouts are forced to take part to survive. We sometimes come up against a brick wall – The people spanning the gap represent help – councelling – further education or financial – The annual holiday, hospital or external forces – represented here by rain and snow – can make us slow down – some slip or are stepped on by others – some break the law. Though not all in prison are guilty – Some want to slow down aeging appearing as “Mutton dressed as lamb” – retirement, early or late, is the official Finish. Only then do we allow ourselves time to do all the things we always wanted to do – supported by our wealth, our families or the state – We have time to talk, to read, to paint or spend in the garden – time for everything and anything – As we reach the last lap we move quite slowly – hopefully with time to do all those things and hopefully to move onto whatever we expect to find when our race is finally run………….