One day a Lion saw a turtle sleeping by the corner of the bay.
“Hey you! Wake Up! Wake Up!” cried the Lion. The Turtle opened its eyes and stretch its neck out of its shell. He was shocked to met two huge eyes staring too closely at him. It’s glossy reddish brown fur spilling over the his skin.
The Lion stepped back and continued. “Every year that I visit this bay, I always see you here sleeping, in the same exact spot. In fact, it’s been 32 years now that you have been sleeping inside that shell. Don’t you feel suffocated by it. It seems that no one visits you here either. Except me, I suppose.”
“I am doing just fine here. Everything stays the same and I am away from danger; especially from humans” softly said the Turtle.
“This barrier you put on your self from the world or from humans as you say, has it work?” asked the Lion.
“Well yes, every year has passed without a hitch, a problem, or a commotion. It sure has been swell living here…” the Turtle trailed off.
“All alone.” completed the Lion.
“But it’s too painful and crazy out there. I was on the other side of the bay before, but the humans, they kicked, carried and moved me from place to place. I would rather stay here, where its safe” retorted the Turtle.
“Say” said the Lion. “Why don’t you come with me. I can show you things you haven’t seen, and places you haven’t been to.
“I don’t know” timidly replied the Turtle.
“Suit yourself. But let me tell you where I’ve been. I’ve been to Africa, running with Tigers. Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Fought off an Alligator in the swamps of Louisiana. Ate salmon in Alaska.” said the Lion.
“Wow, it all sounds exciting!” exclaimed the Turtle.
“But it was not all fun. I was chased by a hunter once in Australia. I heard him and his pal say, that they were going to bring me to a taxidermist and hang me in their wall. Do you know what’s a taxidermist. Anyways, that did scare me but I managed to escape. So let’s go!” explained the Lion.
“Oh my! I have been here for most of my life. I’m use to being here. Nothing exciting but nothing scary happens here either” cried the Turtle.
“Well if that’s your choice, I must be off” said the Lion walking away.
“Couldn’t you stay here and keep me company?” asked the Turtle.
“Oh no. Life and adventure waits for no Lion. I must go now! Goodbye.” replied the Lion.
The turtle watched sadly as the Lion walked away. Then suddenly the Turtle’s throat trembled and to his surprise words came out. “Wait, don’t leave me here. I will go with you” desperately screamed the Turtle. The Lion grinned at his new companion.
So off they went the Lion and the Turtle. They gallivanted all over the country, eating sumptuous exotic food, and enjoying the days and the nights. One night after 100 days and nights of fun, the turtle smiled with happiness. His whole being glowed with sheer contentment and joy. He wondered why it had taken him so long to enjoy what the world has to offer. That night, he slept so soundly not since he was a hatchling. Upon waking in the morning, the turtle found himself in his usual spot in the corner of the bay.
The turtle was dismayed and astonished. He looked around him for the Lion, but there was no one to be seen. He shouted and shouted but was met with silence. Where was the hammock he slept in last night and the banquet of food he wondered. It dawned on him that he could have dreamed it all. He cried in sadness and disappointment. After much reflection, he decided that he had only two choices. He could stay where he is for the remainder of his days or venture out like the Lion and discover the infinite possibilities of what his life could be.