Inside the Fish Bowl – by Cheryl

I used to own a pair of Betta fish named Phinnaeus and Groggy.

Phinnaeus would jump on command and Groggy would follow me around the room from inside his tank. They were very, very cool.

All Phin and Groggy needed to be happy was clean water and food. As far as they were concerned the entire universe existed inside a two-gallon tank. I was sitting there one day, watching them swim around. Around and around and around. Always in the same circles, every single day, for their entire lives.

We humans can do just about anything we want. If we work and study hard enough, we can go to the moon. We can climb the highest mountains. We can soar over any ocean we please. Phin and Groggy didn’t know that a world existed outside of their tanks and even if they did, they could never have access to it. But us? we’re fully aware of our (practically) limitless surroundings.

Yet many of us choose to remain inside our own little fish bowls.

Most of us tend to stagnate once we reach a level of comfort in our relationships, careers and education. Once we get into these zones it’s easy for us to slip into a routine and then maintain it until we die.

If you’ve lived in the same rut for years and years you’re probably oblivious to the fact that there is art, music, film, literature, people and countries for you to discover.

Life is super, super short. If you want to spend your days sitting in a cubicle and your evenings sitting on a couch, that’s not for me to judge.

Just remember that there is a big, beautiful world out there.

It’s up to you to discover it, though.

cheryl @


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3 Responses to Inside the Fish Bowl – by Cheryl

  1. pochp says:

    I don’t think anyone intentionally chooses to be isolated.
    There’s almost always a reason why people would isolate self.
    And most are subconscious of the reason.

  2. cheryl says:


    Thanks for posting my article.

    In the body, please include a link to my blog @


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