Question from a CY Circle subscriber:
what’s your most memorable story?
I used to subscribe to Stories (《故事会》)
for more than a decade. I vividly remembered one story that I read in primary school.
An old couple found a monkey’s paw in a second-hand shop. According to the description, you’d be granted three wishes with some consequences. The old guy thought it was interesting, so he wished to get two hundred dollars. That afternoon, this old couple received a notice from the factory their son was working. Unfortunately, the son died from an accident, and the compensation was precisely two hundred dollars.
The old couple were devasted and cried to the late night. At midnight, desperate, the old lady wished to bring her son back from the dead. Not long they heard a knock on the door. The old guy saw a broken and bloody man knocking on the door through the window. Just as the old lady was rushed into the door to welcome her son, the old guy immediately took the monkey’s paw and said something, at which point the door opened, and there was nothing outside but a gust of wind.
As a child, I was frightened by this somewhat macabre story and learned a lesson that be careful of what I wish for. While my wish comes true, I am likely to face unintended consequences. If I want total freedom, I have to face countless uncertainties and even say goodbye to my beloved cities and people; if I want to be a writer, I have to work hard practise my craft in solitude…
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
Life never gives anything for nothing, and that a price is always exacted for what fate bestows.
You don’t know what prices others trade-off when they have something you’d envy for. So, don’t compare but focus on your own path.