So the legend starts off in ancient Japan (of course right?) with an entire school of Koi fish who are happily enjoying life, peacefully swimming along the rivers of the world. And I mean these were beautiful fish. The kind you would want to buy instead of actually eating; their scales gleamed like millions of “living jewels” in any sunlight. All of this is tranquil and lovely, you know?
Only until one day, they encounter a giant waterfall. Instantly, a large group of the fish began to break away from the group, seeking out another path. “How could you ever imagine overcoming a giant waterfall like that? You’re crazy”, they claimed. But the group that hadn’t strayed from the majority kept trying to jump over the waterfall.
Over and over, their attempts at getting to the top failed. But it didn’t seem to discourage them in their efforts. Exhausted, they did so for years and years, one hundred to be exact, until one day, one fish managed to muster up enough courage and strength to jump to the top. With one great leap, the mighty Koi had finally achieved its destiny. The gods looked down on the fish with great satisfaction and turned the koi fish into a dragon. The waterfall became known as the “Dragon’s Gate”, making the new, Golden dragon a symbol of power and perseverance.
This should resonate with you dreamers. For those who feel like the path that you’ve embarked on isn’t doing much to get you to the next level, as long as your heart and mind is in the right place, the ONLY option you have is to put greater effort in. Sometimes reaching your goals won’t be easy. Sometimes it won’t feel fair either. Sometimes there will be people who started down the river with you who decided that you and the other big dreamers weren’t worth following. It will hurt, and sometimes can also play tricks on your mind. But you’ve got to remain strong and convicted in your beliefs so that you can always come out on top. Literally and metaphorically.
As a result, the rewards are well worth all the sacrifice and toiling, making you almost forget what you were groaning and having doubt about. It’s always about our mindset and how deep we are willing to dig into our souls to pull out our greatest selves. It’s all about learning to accept what you can’t change so you can focus more energy into the areas that you do have control over, helping to usher in a better reality for yourself. Remember it’s always about how you perceive things..