A farmer, his young son, and their donkey were making their way into market, where the farmer intended to sell the donkey.
As they passed a house, a neighbor jeered at them. “What fools! See how they walk when they have a perfectly good donkey?”
So the farmer, feeling embarrassed, had his son ride on the donkey. Later they passed a group of old men. “See?” said one of the men. “This goes to my point: the youth today have no respect for their elders. Here a tired old man is forced to walk while his young, lazy son rides at his side.”
Again embarrassed, the farmer had his son dismount and sat upon the donkey’s back himself. Soon enough they came upon a group of wash women. “What a cruel old man!” said one of the women. “Riding so easy while his little son struggles to keep pace.”
So the farmer had his son join him on the donkey and they rode together into town. There a man hailed them. “What a burden to place on a donkey! That’s too much weight. I’d say the pair of you are better suited to carry that donkey than he is to carry the pair of you.”
Hearing this, the farmer and his son jumped off the donkey and hefted the unhappy beast up on their shoulders. They came to a bridge in the middle of the town and as they crossed the donkey became upset at the sound of the rushing water. The donkey kicked and bucked and fell out of the grasp of the farmer and his son, tumbling down into the water and disappearing. Having nothing to sell, the farmer and his son returned home empty-handed.
The lesson: In life you’re going to meet a lot of very well-intentioned people who think they know what’s best for you. They’ll question your choices and offer you their opinion of what’s best. A lot of times they’ll be wrong. Trust in yourself. Don’t let other people kill your dreams. Pick the path you think works best for you and don’t let the well-intentioned people in your life push you off that path. You may be wrong and things might not work out the way you think they will. That’s OK. Just be true to yourself and understand that missteps are still steps, and as long as you don’t lose sight of your chosen path you’ll eventually get where you want to be.
***adopted from a random blog post on the internet***
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