Don’t Expect Fish To Climb Trees

‘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’ – Albert Einstein.

I’m a sucker for a good quote, but this one here is my all-time favourite. [Although, with all due respect Bertie, I would have replaced the word ‘genius’ with ‘superhero’.]

I know it’s a metaphor (duh), but it really conjures up a vivid image. The sorry vision of a little fish flapping around, smacking its body from side to side and hopelessly attempting to make it to the top of a tree while gasping for air – that slightly breaks my heart. I feel like that fish sometimes. I think we all feel like that fish sometimes. I don’t care for ridiculous expectations, let alone impossible ones. Now let’s rein it in. I am who I am so don’t ever expect me to be something I’m not. Just as it would quite literally take a miracle for the fish to make it to the top of that tree, it will also take a miracle for myself to be anything other than me.

I may be rubbish at mathematics, horribly forgetful and dire at DIY, but I do have competences. And fabulous ones for that matter. So if you focus on those instead of struggling to squeeze me into a wrongly formed mould, you will soon realise that I am, in fact, rather super after all.*

*When refer to ‘me’, ‘myself’ and ‘I’, I also mean ‘you’. Because you are a genius too.

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