[5/26] Elephant

This story is part of the A-Z challenge that I’m doing.

Everyone contains a story inside them. I got to listen to one today. I was telling a friend about this A-Z challenge that I’m doing, and he said, “I have a story too. Want to listen?”

This is his story.

Once upon a time, there was a baby elephant, tied with a rope to a tree. She tried escaping it but couldn’t. She pulled herself back with all her might but rope defeated her efforts every time. She tried to chew the rope to cut it but failed every time. Regardless, her master would change the rope, making it thicker, every week.

Several weeks had passed and she woke up every day with one dream — to get free. Every day, she would put futile efforts to escape. Until one day — the day, a dove came and whispered in her ears, “You cannot escape your master. See, I am free. I am flying. But your poor soul is trapped in this rope.”

That was the day, she gave up trying escaping. It was not until someone told her it was impossible that she believed it to be so. Her life had a purpose — to be free — until that day.

She grew up to become a beautiful female elephant. Within a year, she turned massive. The diameter of her leg was bigger than the diameter of the trunk she was tied to. The rope seemed like a thread to her. But she was still not free. She had stopped trying a year earlier and hadn’t tried since. She missed realizing she had grown up in strength now. All she remembered was the dove’s lesson — “You cannot escape your master.”

One shiny day, a crow saw her, came close and asked, “Why are you tied to this skinny tree? You like here?”

“No, I don’t. But I cannot escape my master.”

“Have you tried?”

“I did. Several times. Every day. For weeks. And I failed every time.”

“It surprises me. You look so strong. This tree is nothing in front of you.”

“I wasn’t strong when I tried. I was a baby. But I’ve given up now.”

“Do you want to be free?”

“I don’t know. What if I want to but cannot? I am afraid to try now.”

“One last try. Nothing worse can happen. Perhaps, you might escape now.”

The elephant stood upright and with a slight flick, the tree was unearthed. She smiled. The crow smiled. She thanked the crow. The crow said before waving her goodbye, “Perhaps, you weren’t ready then. You were now. And now, you’re free. Don’t let anyone tell you what you cannot do.”

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