Life’s A Zoo


So, I went to a zoo about two weeks ago. Why does that matter? Because I seem to have arrived at a rather delayed reaction type of realization or thought or some other related word that you feel like inserting back there instead. What if that was us? What if that is us? Metaphorically of course, but think about it.

Sometimes we feel like we are caged. Just go with the flow and nobody will try to put you down. That’s the thinking, right? You’re just doing the same thing day in and day out. Everybody’s watching you, so why even attempt something that might disappoint them? I think I’ve talked about this before, but maybe it only sounds familiar because that’s what life’s like. It’s a zoo. Sort of.

Now, I’m not trying to say we’re all a bunch of animals. That’s not where I’m going with this. I’m just simply making a comparison that may have made more sense in my head. In the wild, animals adapt and roam and aren’t limited, but that’s different in captivity. Not to sound like too much of an animal rights activist (although I used to be a vegetarian and I am very much against animal cruelty), but exhibits are nowhere close to being the equivalent of what the wild offers. I think that in today’s society, we tend to get stuck in ruts and then complain about getting bored. That could have been avoided if you didn’t let your peers pressure you into doing what ‘everyone else was doing’. Be yourself. I can’t stress that enough and I’ll keep on saying it. Stand out and express yourself without fear of what others might think.

Then there’s the ‘everyone is always watching you’ factor combined with the ‘don’t mess up or your life is over’ way of thinking. True, it’s important to always do your best and get things right the first time, but we are all humans. Humans make mistakes and that’s never going to go away, so instead of dwelling on it, choose instead to learn from those mistakes.

And now here’s a quote, because I add one every time and this one seems to fit in quite well with this post in both content and author:

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
― Dr. Seuss

If you’re failing to see my zoo-society analogy and make the connection, don’t even worry about it. It sounded better in my head, but I thought I would share it anyway. Also, I think we’re kind of like zebras. We may look the same at first glance, but we’re all unique.