THE RABBIT MUSTN’T SLEEP

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.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Aidin says:

    What a fascinating interpretation of the tortoise and the hare! I enjoyed it especially the line, “repulsive allure of mediocrity”. Couldn’t agree more, mediocrity is unchallenging and often rewarded, thus, making it enticing.

    On a side note, I liked this paragraph because of the visuals:

    “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 last sentence seemed out of place. You have the words “slowly inching”, “cage”, “mundane” and “monotone” which can be attributed to a turtle, but “predator”, “carnivore”, and “tear apart” seem out of place with the turtle metaphor. Sorry if i’m nitpicking.

    Found it interesting how your word choices harkened back to the tortoise and hare metaphor. Intentional or not, it was great.

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    1. You do make a good point about the carnivore thing. I’ll have to think of something more suitable. Thank you for your insightful review 🙂

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  2. I love your clear, attractive writing style, along with the thought you put into things.

    I suspect one reason so many of us humans are slow to fully realize our potential is that we spend too much of our lives scared we’ll lose friends if, by being true to ourselves, we become too different from others.

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  3. Harshita Singhal says:

    I keep a different point of view on this matter.

    I believe that its not talent that wins all the time, or that the smart people are the ones who have it in them to win.
    What actually matters in the end is the journey not the destination (reference to ur other post 😏).

    Speed is the side that the tortoise isn’t particularly good at, but is persistence and hardwork throughout the journey is what that let him to the goal.

    The tortoise didn’t just win because of his diligence; he won because the hare was overconfident, lax, and lost sight of his goal. The hare knew that he had an advantage over the tortoise and thus took his skill for granted.

    How you start your journey is not what matters, how you perform throughout is what is worth a reward.

    The rabbit took off like a rocket but then also got tired as fast too. While the tortoise kept his pace and worked all the way.

    Its not the hare that led him to lose but the tortoises’ efforts that led him to win..

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