If you’re a pet-owner, you’ve probably at one point envisioned your life as another animal.
The life of a spoiled house cat sounds pretty great. Can you imagine spending your days sleeping as long as you want, with no responsibilities in the world?
As a cat, your only quandary is moving every hour or so to chase the warm spot of sun that moves across the carpet. And don’t forget the constant attention and gourmet food presented to you at your every whim.
The following story has been floating around the net for some time, and we think it’s lasted for a good reason.
Read the story below.
On the first day, God created the dog and said:
‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’
The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’
The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said:
‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’
The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said:
‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’
But man said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’
‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’
So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Well, that’s one unique take on the human experience.
The circle of life. Although each person leads a vastly different life to the next, we all share common themes. The stages of life are universal and understood across all humanity.
But who knew if could all be explained by this combination of animal traits? If you could pick an animal’s lifestyle to resemble, which would you pick?
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