He traveled along the road, past the fields and into the forest deep. As he walked something stirred in a nearby bush.
“Hello?” He said. He looked and a tiny crab popped out and stepped onto the path. The man had never seen a crab before. He was mixed with both fear and excitement. “Hello?” he said to the crab.
The crab moved-in closer. “‘Sup.”
“Um, fine weather we’re having.”
“Yeah man. So, what are you doing all the way out here. Isn’t your kind over there?”
The man nodded. “Yes, this is true, but I’m on a journey.”
“A journey?” said the crab. “Where man?”
“I’m on a journey to find myself.”
The crab scratched his shell with its claw. “What?”
“Well, I left home to find meaning and purpose and life. Do you have a quest for me?”
The crab was now even more confused. “A quest?”
“Yeah, you know. Something that will test me. Something that causes me to learn something about myself and the world.”
The crab thought for a moment. Finally, it said, “Nope. Got nothing for you.”
The man was disappointed at this, but the day was still sunny and bright, and the road continued on, deeper into the forest. “Well, in that case, it was nice seeing you.”
And the man ventured further until he eventually got bored and became an accountant. One day, after a stressful day at work, he decided to go for a walk. That’s when he found a familiar path.
“Hey, it’s you.” He said to a familiar face peering from the bushes by his feet. “Remember me? I once travelled here, not too long ago.”
The crab scratched its shell. “Yeah. Weren’t you here like 3 days ago.”
“Has it been that long? Well, time certainly does fly, and along with it youth. But, fortunately, I’ve learned much in my travels.”
“But what of you? Have you experienced all life has to offer?”
“No. Not really.”
“Cause I’m a crab man. I’m just trying to hide from birds and eat dirt.”
“Well, that to me doesn’t sound like a bad life.”
“Nah. It kinda sucks. You know, I’ve seen I don’t know how many people walk this way trying to ‘find themselves’ but you’re the first to ever come back. Why is that?”
The man thought about this. “Well, I’m not sure. Maybe, I’m not done searching.”
And with that the man quit his job and traveled far and wide. Meanwhile, Tobias the crab found a worm and got eaten by a pigeon. This one wasn’t very good.