For years, it may seem silly; I always wanted to find an animal that I embody. It’s not important; it’s more of a fun game. Some people are cats, others dogs, lions, tigers, and bears; an endless variety of animal to pick one and don’t seem to emulate any of them well.
I have thought about it for years and asked countless people. Unfortunately, there is never a clear answer. Whenever a clear answer is absent, my mind goes wild trying to find the answer, even if the question is not worthwhile. I think it’s because there was no clear defined result. Looking for that particular answer is what I wanted but was deprived. Now over the years I was given many different answers by many different people nothing seemed to fit.
I thought about it for a while; I tried to match my qualities to animals I liked or ones I thought I might be. Chameleons for their ever changing and blending nature. A stag, just for the imagery and both strong but harmonious nature. Bear because of my size, hair, and warm nature. A monkey for its intelligence. A Fox for its cleverness. A piglet in light of the meaning of my last name. Nothing fits well…
It’s a conundrum, I both love and hate the ambiguity of it. In not being defined, it is easy to be free of the notions of prejudice. It feels good to be novel and have the ability to forge a new path . Opposing this is the alienating feeling of not being able to come together with anyone and feeling lost in the muck of life with no signpost to guide me.
I decided I must define myself, create the existence I want to be, find the strengths of those around me and learn them. Learn from the pitfalls of the overconfident rabbit, and the patience of a tortoise. I am greedy in that way, I want to learn and be all them. It was then I realized I will emulate the mythical creature of the chimera. Something that is a combination of many different animals. Something that can’t be outright defined because of its confusing nature. I know its a bit of a cheat but at least to me it feels right that I can be many bits and pieces that coalesce into one being. I am the result of taking and learning from all those around me, in some ways people in my life become part of me as I continue to live my life. I don’t know which combination I will be at the end of the day but I am a combination in the truest way.
Maybe I didn’t need the question after all, because how can you define an entire existence so simply.