Acceptance, strength, survival and adaptability

Acceptance, strength, survival and adaptability

I am a rat. In this lifetime, this is what God decided I would be. I don't even know if other life times exist but I just like the idea of it. I don't know if in a previous life I was a rat and if in a future life I will still be a rat, all I know is that right now everyone I know knows me as a rat.

A rat, for those of you who don't know yet what it is, is commonly known as an animal that most people feel disgusted about. I am one of those, or at least it is what some people think when they see me. I know this, because it is 'common knowledge' that rats are disgusting. So I will first tell you about the assumptions that people have about rats, and then, I will try to tell you who I think I am, beyond that.
 
So a rat, people say, it's a disgusting animal. Why do they think I'm disgusting? Well, because I usually live in places where there is what has been considered as dirt and waste. People feel disgusted that I live in places where many of them will never go, although where I live I have seen many people living there too. I am not saying where I live looks what many people will call 'clean' but I like it, and even though I also enjoy the sunshine and other environments, as everyone else does, I many times prefer to hide, not only because I enjoy being in the dark and hidden places, but because I think that many people feel disgusted or scared of me. I think I'd attack as others would if I'm in danger or if I'm attacked in any way. I don't just 'attack' for no reason.
 
I wish people would stop feeling disgusted or scared of me, but I guess this is part of the challenges that I came to face in this life and in this role I decided to take in this lifetime.
 
Beyond the appearances and what I told you most people think of me, I want you to know that I am just trying to survive as much as you probably are.
 
I sometimes might look solitary, but I long to have a family. If I have a family to take care of, I know that I will go to every place I possibly can in order to find resources, and whatever it is necessary for me to do for our survival I will do. I am strong, resistant, strong willed, adaptable, and a hard worker. I try not to give up despite the harshness of the environment and I will thrive even in the darkest places or moments.
 
I thank you for having come closer and realised that I'm not as 'bad' as I appear to be.
 
We can learn so much from rats and their strength and adaptability. They can also be a good reminder for us to know we can thrive regardless of the conditions of the environment and what others might approve or disapprove about us, and also for us to learn to look at ourselves from a higher light as well as others.