We all have heard of the classic fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare.’
There’s a Running competition between a Tortoise and Hare, where Hare was exceptionally fast. But it was overconfident and takes a nap. And the Tortoise wins.
Okay, so, the story didn’t change in a while. What’s the purpose of this story?
Overconfidence can dump us. I think that’s what the writer of this story wanted to convey.
But, the Big Question is, why on earth are they in a race?
Not all Hares are overconfident, even if they are, who sleeps in the middle of a race? Like really. The story—if made honestly—should end up with hare as a winner. And that’s obvious.
Whenever I hear this story, I wonder what a fool is that Tortoise? If I was a Tortoise, I would rather hang out with some Turtles on the beach. But I wouldn’t run with a hare because I know I can’t win.
It’s not my disability. It’s just not my track.
Perhaps, the Tortoise also knew that it was a foolish idea to compete. I’m sure, what might have convinced it, are the other animals in that jungle.
Maybe a giraffe said, ‘Yes, you can do it. Do not underestimate.’
Maybe a wild pig said, ‘Don’t give up, run for it.’
Maybe a fox said, ‘It’s a shame if you can’t win.’
They aren’t motivating. They were fooling the Tortoise. Because, in the first case, the Race is Not meant for the Tortoise.
Somehow, it won and nobody talks about this.
A race is always between equals. A race is between two runners with equal caliber and equal strengths and equal flaws and equal lives.
And I bet nobody is equal here. We are all different.
Then why are we even competing?
Don’t be a Tortoise
We all are like that foolish Tortoise. But we may not be as fortunate as it was, to win the race.
We hear people around us, pushing us, comparing us, estimating our caliber. They want us to run with hares and prove.
Ask yourself, is that your track? If that is not, then why are you even running?
If I’m motivated to fly and compete with a bird, I think I can’t win. I’ll train myself in flapping my hands faster than a hummingbird, practice jumping from a building into the thin air. Can I fly?
Surprisingly, people call it a disability. And you start to believe in it. That’s even worse.
Don’t be a Tortoise. You will lose. (Life is not a fable).
Stop Running. Start Thinking.
Okay, you must be busy running for something and perhaps wishing this article ends soon without wasting much of your time. But, take a pause and Think.
- What are you running for?
- Is that your track or somebody’s?
- Are you running because that’s what you wanted to do or Are you running to prove something to the animals around?
If yes, then you know the result. Right? You know it’s a futile effort, right? Then, why?
If you force an Egg, it becomes an Omelette. Not a chick.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you look like someone? No. And that’s what you are. Unique.
We are all unequal. We have unequal minds, unequal habits, unequal lifestyles, unequal problems and unequal faces. So, you cannot really go on a race with anyone.
Just because you are of the same age, it doesn’t mean you should be doing as your peers. Just because you are into the same stream, doesn’t mean you should be at the top. Nothing to compare!
But we do. And thus, force ourselves to become better than someone, to run faster than someone, and remember, that if you force an egg, it becomes an Omelette, not a chick. You’ll just screw yourself.
Be a Hare
Be a hare. And you’ll win. (Life is not a fable)
The hare was running on its own track. It’s doing what it was meant to do.
Your track is empty. There’s nobody on your way and there can be nobody. You have a path of your own. And what matters is not speed, but whether or not you’re sticking to your direction.
Move at your own pace. No hurry.
When you are tired, take a nap. (No, there’s no Tortoise behind).
Come back, and keep moving.
There are two things wrong.
We’ll be a Tortoise and we listen to the animals around. They convince us to do something which we cannot win. And later make us feel like a failure.
We’ll focus on our speeds rather than direction. If you are on the right track, it doesn’t matter how slow you are, you will someday reach the end. But if you are on somebody’s track, running fast, even if you reach the end, you will lose, because that’s not your track.