I know. I know. That isn’t how that normally goes. But think about it. So many people are molded to think they are a duck so they better quack like one. But really inside they hate the water and don’t want to waddle when running. They feel mighty and strong and want to run faster than the wind. These people can be hard to recognize as they fear straying from their duck-like ways will bring them to be disowned or disliked. When I come across someone who is struggling with this I feel sadness for them. I am quick to say that in most cases, I feel this feature of ourselves is learned. Fear of letting down a parent who wants their ducklings to walk as they do. Group of peers who have identified themselves as a certain class of people. Or even fear of letting down ourselves. We have this idea of who and where we want to be years from now but when we get there it may not be the pond we expected. A battle we all face at some point in our lives. It’s like hitting a 4-way stop. Do I go straight and keep myself and everything I do the same? Or do I turn left and stray from what I know? I really hate that for some of us out there this question is way harder than it should be. I am lucky to have had and still do have a great herd that allow me to be me. Yes I have come up with some corky ideas. And not everyone in my circle are still with me today. We have to learn how to spot the ones who will bring us down. I pray that my children get to experience this journey called life as I have. But they will go on and choose the people they want in their gathering. I will do my best to make them strong enough to keep the supportive folks and to buck the people who are a hazard to their happiness.
For anyone wanting to be the horse, let down your mane and let out a loud “NEIGH”. Life will then be bliss if you accept your TRUE nature.