“The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Once upon a time, there lived a small mouse in the meadow. It had everything it needed: food, shelter and a great life. The other animals of the forest however, mocked the mouse and its simple way of life constantly. They said that the mouse wasn’t living up to its full potential. “He does nothing all day! Scurrying across the fields with nothing to do!” they cried out.
The mouse bore their comments and scorn patiently for a long time. But soon he began to lose confidence in himself. If all of those animals thought so, could it be that they were right? The mouse trudged the mountains in order to meet the wise sage that lived in the peak.
The sage on hearing its story, asked it if it wanted to become a bigger animal. The mouse enthusiastically agreed. The sage then turned the mouse into a white rabbit. It’s self-esteem now high, the mouse-turned-rabbit proudly stood in front of the animals. But it was in vain. The animals still found ways to mock it. “Your teeth are so strange! So strange! Strange indeed!” they cried out.
The mouse-rabbit, now determined to please them and to fulfill their expectations on how it must be, went back to the sage. The sage worked his magic yet again and turned it into a deer, for they are beautiful animals. Now confident in its appearance, the rabbit-turned-deer strode proudly into the forest. All the animals looked on in awe as the deer pranced around, its head held high.
The king of the forest, the lion came to see what the commotion was all about. The deer bowed deeply to the king, pleased that he personally came to see it. All the animals looked on, anxious to see how the events would unfold. The lion in one quick move, pounced onto the deer and slashed at its neck. As the deer lay dying, the lion said to it, grinning from ear to ear, ” I am glad you turned into a deer. I wouldn’t have had much to eat if you remained a mouse.”
THE SOCIETY AND IT’S EXPECTATIONS
An individual’s life mustn’t be determined by the society and it’s expectations. We may be swans yet the society would want to make eagles out of us. It doesn’t matter who we are as long as we are happy with ourselves. Happiness comes from within, when we are truly content in life.
If you think you need to better yourself, there is nothing wrong in that. But if its roots lie in the views of the society, know that what you are trying to do, is to fill a cracked jar with water. No matter how well you do, you won’t do good enough.
So, what do you do when you try your best but it isn’t enough? Look into yourself. Check with your soul. Ask yourself, “Am I happy with myself?” If the answer is yes, you needn’t think twice about the naysayers. Your BEST must be determined by YOU. Your life is in your hands. They may do the talking, but you are the one living with yourself. If you are happy about YOU, well then, they can talk all they want and you can live the way you want to.