Just Keep Living, Just Keep Living

Finding Nemo was never my favorite movie, but I must admit that I loved Dory.  There was something so genuine about her embrasure of the moment.  Surely no one else can claim to live so “in the now”!

Her little sing-song phrase “Just keep swimming” came back to me today as I watched my gourami, Rochester, picking through the aquarium rubble for his dinner.  He’s battling a pretty serious bacterial infection at the moment, one that his species is particularly susceptible to.  It attacks even in the best of circumstances, with ideal water parameters.  That’s what happened to Rochester.

But despite the agonizing medicine baths to which I’ve been subjecting him, he’s hanging in there.  He just keeps living.  Animals are like that: they don’t just give up.  Life is the imperative, the absolute before which everything else must bow.  They have to silly pride to hold them back from being fully invested in the simple 60 seconds of a minute.

Dory and Rochester just keep living–and that clear, perhaps sentimental, idea is what makes it worth coming home to an aquarium at night.  I will get up in the morning and just keep living, just keep living…

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