The first part of this story was written because my daughter gave me inspiration and loved it, and I do not want to change the wording. The full story is written by me, and I am hopeful you will take the time to read it, and not “judge a book by its cover”.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl, and she was sad.She was sad because she had no friends. Or so it seemed like it.But really, she did, but she didn’t feel like it.
When she was sitting by the river, she looked out and saw a little fish jump. She thought, wow that is so cool!Then, she was sure she saw the fish looking at her.She smiled. The fish smiled back.She laughed. The fish laughed back.All of a sudden, out of nowhere, the girl started crying!
Wait a minute – fish can’t do that, she thought!!!
Then, the fish started crying.The girl stopped crying and looked at the fish.But the fish continued to cry.
In her delusional mind, the girl decided to ask the fish, “what’s wrong?” She waited, and looked at the fish curiously, as it swam up to her.
“I’m sad because I have no friends.” said the fish.WHAT?! The fish actually spoke back?!!
The little girl thought for a moment, tears starting to stream down her cheeks, how can this be? That’s how she felt today – sad!!!
“You know what, Fishie?” she asked. “I get sad too because I have no friends either. It feels like nobody wants to be my friend. You see, because I’m weird, no one wants to talk to me. No one wants to play with me. I try to make friends, but nobody ever really wants to BE my friend.”
The fish looked at her and said, “but you’re not weird!! You’re beautiful! And you are so nice and sweet.”
The girl couldn’t believe that she was actually having a conversation with this beautiful fish and so she said the same thing right back!
After a little while of talking back and forth, the girl asked the fish, “Would you like to be my friend? Sometimes, I just need someone to talk to, and you are such a great listener.”
The fish smiled and said, “I would love to, but you know I will not be around forever. I will be in your mind and your heart, but you should try to talk to someone about how you are feeling. One day, you will have a best friend, and sometimes they may not be able to talk to you, at a particular time when you feel you need them, but they WILL understand you – just like you will understand them. They will want to play with you. They will want to laugh and sing and dance with you too!!”
The girl looked at the fish in awe and started feeling better.
But the fish did not stop talking – it continued, “Life is not what we think it is. Life is full of many surprises, and people will judge you by the way you look, by the way you talk, and by the way you act. You must ignore those people and believe in yourself. Believe in your hopes and dreams. Believe that you are good enough, because you ARE!!”
“Let me tell you something” the fish said. “There was a very smart man, by the name of Albert Einstein, and he wrote,
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
“What does that really mean?” the little girl asked. She was really intrigued by how smart this fish was and was very happy to be having this conversation with it!
“What it means, my friend, is that everybody has different abilities. Everybody is smart in their own way. Everybody is their own true self, and just because you “appear” different, does not mean that you are “stupid”. Just because it may take you more time to accomplish something that interests you in life, it does not mean you are “stupid”. Just because you do silly things sometimes, it DOES NOT mean you are “stupid”. You should NEVER let someone make you believe that you are. They are no different than you. And if anyone makes you feel stupid or is mean to you, then you have no obligation to be their friend.”
The little girl was really starting to feel better. She said to the fish, “you are very right. But why do I feel so sad? I know I am a good person. I know I have a good heart. Why do people want to hurt me?”
“Because it makes them feel better. It makes them think that they have “power” over you. If you let them take power and control you, they WILL control you. You must stand up for yourself!! You must believe in yourself!! You must not ever change for anybody and you BE you!!!”
“Thank you so much!!!” the little girl said. “I am going to take your advice! You are very right, and you know what? I don’t need a lot of friends! I just need to remember that I am who I am. And, you know what? I AM good at things that make me feel good! Some day, someone will see the real me, and will want to be a real friend with me. But, for now, it is OKAY. I have my family, and I know they love me very much.”
“SEE!” the fish said. “Now you’re getting the idea of it!!! Focus on YOU first. Because YOU are what is important!! And if you were to do the things that you enjoy, and try not to do everything for everybody else just so that you would be “accepted”, then you will start to feel better. You will see that people will learn more about you and will want to spend time with you. And if they don’t, then that is not for you to worry about. They are not your true friends.
But also remember – people do get busy, and sometimes – they can’t do all the things that you want to and like to do. Maybe if you try different things, it will open a door to a new circle of friends. If you give yourself a chance, you will see …”
“Maybe there is something I can join at school?” the girl asked.
“Exactly! You never know where the path is going to lead you in life” the fish said. “You have a whole life ahead of you, and so much opportunity! You just need to realize that and take your time. Take it day by day, okay? Do you think you can try that for me?”
“YES, YES, YES!!!” the little girl said. And with that, she knelt to pet the fish. “Thank you so much, for everything! I am so happy I came down to the river today!”
“I am glad you came down to the river today, too” said the fish. “It made me realize things about myself, and for that, I am grateful.”The fish started to do circles and jumps in the water, and the little girl laughed.
“You go now, and spend time with your family, and with the people who do care about you. Remember to keep an open mind and open heart. Remember that life is precious, and there is only so much that you can do and handle. Don’t let people bring you down, because you are amazing! If you are kind and treat people with kind, you will get that in return. Have patience and if you ever need to have some quiet time, remember to take that time for yourself, but remember that there are people who love you for you are, and they will always love you, no matter what.”
The fish then said, “I will see you soon, little girl. Keep on smiling!”“Thank you Fishie, I will! Thank you so much!” the little girl replied.
As she stood up and started walking back towards home, the little girl had a great big smile on her face!
This story may be what most people would hope life was like.But that is all we can do, is HOPE.