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race to the finish

I saw this image on Facebook this morning and had to laugh. In so many ways, it’s an excellent graphic of what women face in the workforce. But, thinking about it again, I had to wonder about the race itself.

The woman’s terrain lends itself to slowing down, to curiosity and exploration. The broken wall, pond, and garden feature juxtaposed with the industrial elements have my creative juices simmering.

I’m curious. If you had to choose a path, would you choose the easier one? The one with the fewest hurdles? The one without a landscape worth exploring?

If we stop for a moment, break the chain that hinders us and leave that ugly weight behind, do we get to define not only who wins the race, but the nature of the race itself?

What do you think?