Since I was a little girl I knew what I’d like to do ‘when i grow up’. I wanted to take care of those beings that make this crazy world we live in so worth preserving and ‘saving’.
I wanted to hold them tight in my arms and never let go, to never let them suffer any kind of pain or agony, no matter what shape, size or colour they were.
I wished with all my heart that I could save them all, in one way or another.
Those beings, for me, are the Animals.
I’ve always been an electric person, but even more when I was just a child.
One certain day, when i was around 3 or 4 years old, my parents were at home with me, and they noticed something was wrong. At first they didn’t realize what it was, but then it hit them. I was shut up and not only was I shut up, I was not making any fuss. They rapidly started looking for me, worried that something might have happened. That was when they found me.
I was fascinated, blatantly staring at the tv, with my eyes wide open and as focused as they’d never seen me before. Something I’d never seen put a sparkle in my eyes (and in my heart).
Can you guess what was on? A BBC Wildlife documentary.
They say it was particularly since that day I started developing a certain ‘fondness’ for the animal kind. I say that was just born with me, it’s good either way 🙂
Needless to say, every year, at least once a year, I had to drag my parents with me to the Zoo.
What I loved was there. My passion was there. I could, literally, just sit for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and stare at the tigers, the lions, the giraffes, and wish I was like them. Free.
Now I know that Zoos are far from ideal to keep animals, but I’ll leave that to another post, some other time 😉
Years have gone by since I was that little girl, sitting in front of the tv, blown-away by the amazing creatures I did not understand , and my Love, my Passion, has only grown stronger.
The past year, I’ve started a Biology course and I could not be happier.
To know that I might have the opportunity to spend my life taking care of them, whether they are fishes, birds, mammals or reptiles, fills my heart with such joy and warmth. Nothing less than True Love could do, or feel like, this.
To end this post, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time, that, I think, is both wise and true.
” It will come a day when men will deeply know the animals… and on that day, a crime against an animal will be considered a crime against humanity itself.” (Leonardo Da Vinci)
I hope this day will come soon.