Are You Real?
By: Author Unknown
I assume that you have heard of the story the Velveteen
Rabbit. If you have not, it is the story of a little
stuffed bunny rabbit who dreams of being Real. To his
owner, a small boy, the rabbit is perceived to be Real,
because the Boy loves him so much. He gets older and
shabbier but is content with knowing the Boy believes he
is a Real rabbit. When the boy falls ill with scarlet fever
and the velveteen rabbit must be thrown away, a fairy comes
and tells him that because of the boy's love for him, he
could now be turned into a physically real rabbit.
Why I mention this tale I explain now: I am a junior in
high - school, and one day during my semester exams I was
rather tired and depressed. It had been a long, wearying
week and I needed to talk with someone, anyone... just to
get my mind off of the tests, which I was sure I had done
So, after school, I walked down to the student personnel
services office, and sat down with one of the counselors.
He was a real blast to hang out with, and every student
liked him. When we began to talk, I realized my heart
really wasn't in the conversation. My mind wandered back
to the exams... to a doctors appointment I had the week
before -- anything but the cheerful subject we were
He paused in conversation and looked at me. We began
talking now of more serious subjects: a few health
problems that I have, a fight I had with my mother the
day before -- things that were bothering me. After a few
minutes of this, he asked me a very strange question.
"Do you think you are real?"
I was taken aback. What could he possibly meant by that? I
pressed him for an explanation, and what he said was
basically, he was hearing all of the things that had an
impact on me, but really didn't hear about things that I
was taking part in or making a difference in. He likened
it to the story of the Velveteen Rabbit: did i think that
I was real to the people around me, and most importantly
To my surprise, I found it very hard to answer his question
instantly or honestly. A few months later, and I am still
thinking about it. It made me wonder that, if I couldn't
tell if I was "real" or not, what other people believed
It makes you think: Do you have enough of an effect on the
world around you as you would like to?
Causes Abdelwahab Hammoudi Supports
Peace in the world