Once upon a time, there used to be a rabbit and a tortoise. One day, they decided to have a race. It was rather absurd, given the differences in their speed, but since this is a story where rabbits and tortoises can communicate, we’ll let their peculiar decision slide by.
The rabbit and tortoise decided a route, and then they started. The rabbit ran like the wind and within seconds, he had left the tortoise far behind. With the afternoon sun glaring down upon him, the rabbit felt weary, and thought of resting for a while. He thought since he was ahead of the turtle, a little nap wouldn’t matter. By the time he woke up, he had lost the race.
Some of us are born smarter than others. Born with better opportunities, at least when compared to those less privileged. You have the smartness, and thus the head start. But you doze off. And all the while, those with far less manage to achieve far more.
Why let your potential go to waste? Why sleep, when you can stay awake and chase your dreams? Are you willing to wake up with the feeling that you could’ve done more but didn’t? Would you be content to let the tortoise win?
Because here’s a revelation. The tortoise isn’t an external foe. The tortoise isn’t the opponent in front of you, but the one within you. And that makes it more dangerous.
It is the repulsive allure of mediocrity, slowly inching towards your determination. It is the cage threatening to imprison your ambitions behind the mundane bars of a monotone life. It is the predator attempting to seize your life, the carnivore that will tear your apart your hopes and determination.
The sleeping rabbit has no deadline, no urgency. It is a lethargic shining beacon, the light emitted from a star that had died ages ago. It is a creature that gave up on all that it could accomplish, simply because giving up was the easier option. It is the ache of unrealized potential, of that dream life you couldn’t morph into reality.
But the awakened rabbit is unstoppable. It has a finish line, it has a goal. It has a purpose, and that is what lends it power. The power to turn dreams into memories, goals into achievements. It is the true representation of all that you could be, all that you can achieve.
So the next time you consider dozing off and squandering all that have, remember the tortoise creeping towards you and run.
Unleash the unfathomable force of the rabbit before the opportunity passes, for even insects can prey upon the majestic dead. Recall the rabbit from its slumber, and be wary that it does not return to it.