And that’s when the fish said…
“How do you know whether I can’t be individualistic? Yes, it’s true: fish always swim in swarms so as to scare away bigger fish who would otherwise eat us. But many times I also distance myself from my swarm and just swim around to appreciate my surroundings. Otherwise I wouln’t be talking to you right now, would I”?
“Mh”, said the seahorse. “You must be unique then. All the other fish I see always swim past me and never even acknowledge me. You always seem so busy swimming together into one direction or the other. It’s like you always follow a certain group goal. But what about your individualistic goals? What if one fish has its own ideas or dreams?”, asked the curious seahorse.
“I like your question”, replied the little fish. “It makes me think. If I can answer for myself: I do have dreams and ideas. Sometimes I share these with my swarm. Sometimes they will listen when they think the whole group will benefit. Then my idea becomes everyone’s idea. Other times they will just think I’m a dreamer or will laugh at me and tell me to grow up”, explained the little fish.
“But don’t you get tired of always having to get the whole group’s approval to go ahead with an idea”? Asked the seahorse.
“Yes, indeed. And that’s why I sometimes decide to swim alone for a while. And I came to enjoy these moments. First it seemed so scary to be away from my swarm. There was no one there to show me the way, no one there to take a decision for me. I came to appreciate to learn how to decide myself how quickly or slowly I want to swim and how high or how low and close to the ground. Sometimes I hide inside a beautiful flower and observe all the other fish swarms passing by. And then I wonder whether all these fish swarms know about each other. But, after some time I always miss my fish swarm and being part of a group. It makes things easier. And I love coming back with yet more ideas and dreams and share them with the group. I always feel “whole” in my group. When I swim alone I know I experience myself individually but I miss the feeling of being “whole” and united with all the other fish”, explained the little fish and asked:
“Why don’t you join us for a while and swim with us so you can experience yourself what it’s like to be part of a group”?
“I would love to give it a try”, answered the seahorse and both swam towards the fish swarm.