Are you like this insect, dying a slow and lonely death?


Today, I tried to save this little insect above. In vain.

It’s turned on its back. It opens up but can’t stand itself back up on its feet. Every time I try to roll it on its feet, it gets scared and closes itself into a ball. I’ve tried a dozen times.

It’s destined to die a slow and lonely death.

And so are you, if you’re trying to make it on your own. Every time you open up to venture into something new, you meet someone willing to help. You get scared. You roll back up unto yourself.

For this insect to survive, it has to overcome its fear, and stay open as I roll it up on its feet. Of course it can’t. Its survival mechanism is hard wired. For the insect, either it closes, or it dies. We both know that this is far from the truth, because I’m genuinely trying to help. But it doesn’t matter. The insect believes otherwise. It believes that if it opens up, it will be killed. Fortunately for you, if you open up and accept help, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be killed.

If you don’t, I can guarantee that you’ll die a slow and lonely death. Sure it might take a handful of decades, that’s why it’s slow and lonely.

Venture into something new. Stay open despite your fears. Accept the help of others. They might just be trying to turn you back on your feet.

I’m still watching this insect. It’s still trying on it’s own. Without accepting help, it’s as good as dead.


Twitter: @williamchoukeir

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9 Responses to Are you like this insect, dying a slow and lonely death?

  1. Vrej Ohanian says:

    every time you amaze me more bro 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    That means a lot to me Vrej. Thank you always.

  3. rodrigue H says:

    really interesting:)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m happy you’re reading my notes Rodrigue. Thanks!

  5. Sara Sibai says:

    Beautifully put. Thank you Will.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It makes me happy to see that you’re reading @Sara Sibai

  7. pat says:

    i love how true this is!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Pat. It is, isn’t it.

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