In the ancient era, there was a small kingdom whose natives were led by a kind-hearted king. The peaceful realm was once terrorized by a crocodile who preyed upon a young child and disappeared, apparently never to be seen again. But after 3 years, it returned again and demanded a body or else threatened to kill the whole population. The king, not wanting to hurt his people, sacrificed himself. The crocodile warned before departing that it will return again after 3 years.
Immediately after it left, chaos erupted in an otherwise tranquil land. Nobody was ready to give up their life after 3 years. As the courtiers couldn’t decide the next victim, they hatched a clever plan – to find a scapegoat who’ll be provided with all the luxuries the land had to offer for 3 years, but with a clear condition that the person in question will be sacrificed to a killer crocodile after 3 years.
The plan worked. Every 3 years, they easily found a hapless soul who was more than ready to give up his life in exchange for 3 years of pure mirth. He’ll eat, drink, fuck, sleep, do whatever he wished. And finally, he’ll be renounced to the alligator at the fateful day.
This one time, they inadvertently struck gold when their paths crossed with a wise man. After hearing their proposal, the man instantly agreed, just like the citizens had expected. What they had not expected however, was his conduct in the 3 years he was offered.
He didn’t engage in the worldly pleasures for a single day. The day he was bethroned, he spent the whole day studying the lay of the land; the location of the kingdom on the map, strategic advantages, etc. Apparently, the kingdom was a riverside area. From the 2nd day onwards, he instructed his men to make a large wall a few yards ahead of the banks from where the reptile appeared. After 1 year, when the wall was built, he spent the 2nd year instructing and supervising his men to make a bridge on the opposite side. The last year was spent travelling and making alliances with the nearby kingdoms on the other side of the bridge.
The plan was crystal clear – to block the croc’s entry by building a wall. But after some years when the wall can’t withstand the forces of nature, to move the people to other kingdoms on the opposite side as a preventive measure.
Now, dear reader, is the time for you to analyse where do you stand in life.
Many of us are just like those idiot travelers who have surrendered to a ‘happy life’ full with distractions. Despite having knowledge of what’s right and wrong, we simply don’t care about the real problems at all. You may want to be a writer, but ask yourself how much do you write and read on a regular basis. You may want to lose your weight, but all you do is waste time in front of your laptop screen watching tv shows.
There are a ton of idiots out there who have never seen the insides of a gym! There are failed Chartered Accountants who are doing hours of work on a measly salary. I don’t know your story, but I desperately hope you’re not one of them. But if you are, it’s fuckin’ high time! Just remember, yesterday you said tomorrow.
Hit the gym. Go and audition for your dream role. Begin your journey as a writer on Pinterest. Study hard and achieve that fuckin’ degree. Just stop wasting your time and start working on your goal. Because to be everything you wish one day, you need to do something everyday.
Start before it’s too late or all you’ll be left with is regret.
Your crocodile is coming for you.