Hi! I am an Ant. Yes, the same Ant that you guys knowingly, or unknowingly, crush with your feet. I belong to very normal middle class Ant family. When I was born, my parents celebrated my birth by distributing pieces of sugar in our locality. They were really very Happy. At the very moment I was born, my parents declared that I shall be the most successful ant and shall be the most respected ant being. In my growing years, I saw my parents working as hard as they could, just to feed me so that I can grow well. Years passed. Everyone loved me in my ant family and locality. My parents always used to say “My kid shall climb the highest wall. He will be the most successful ant. Mr. Antrama’s kid is also very good in climbing walls. But my kid shall be the best.” I used to feel pretty scared and pressurized because of these expectations. Yet, I had the confidence. I started practicing climbing the walls.
At first, I thought climbing is easy. I was able to climb an average height. But I was falling a lot. Months passed. I realised that I am not very good in climbing walls. My parents were tensed. Their dream of me climbing walls which will eventually make me successful collapsed. They were disappointed. But I don’t know how that disappointment transformed to anger. They scolded me till the very end. I was also disappointed. I tried climbing the walls but was unsuccessful every time. Whole ant locality saw me like a disappointment. The love that I was receiving as a kid vanished. I felt like a failure.
My life changed when I got to know that I am an ‘Alate’, which means I can fly. I told my parents about the same. Expecting the joy, they became more tensed. They thought I was different from all other ants. I was choosing another race and not climbing walls like every other ant. Ants shall laugh at me. No one shall respect me. My parents told me to never try flying in my entire life. I explained them that I shall be successful doing this, but they were reluctant. I never tried flying after that. I was trying climbing walls like every other ant. I never became successful. My parents died with disappointment.
I am on my death bed now. I shall be dead in few moments. I still have wings, but they are of no good. I spent my whole life trying to achieve something that was not my cup of tea. I sacrificed my greatest boon for others. I am a disappointment. I am a failure. I wish that I would be able to fly in my next life.
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