Ever wondered where the word Narcissistic came from? The meaning of the word according to the dictionary is “admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance.”
Here is a short story about a boy named Narcissus who was very beautiful, that you cannot turn your eyes away at the mere sight of him.
Narcissus, a youth known for his beauty and handsomeness daily knelt beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated with himself that, he used to go and sit by the lake every day for hours admiring and obsessing over himself. So, one day as he was on his usual trip to the lake marvelling at his features, he accidentally fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell off, a flower was born and further bloomed into a magnificent one, which was called the Narcissus.
One fine day when the goddess of the forest was strolling casually she caught the sight of the lake weeping badly. The goddess knelt by the lake and asked, ” Why are you weeping ?” the lake gently sniffed and answered, “I am weeping for Narcissus and his untimely death.” Recognition hit the goddess and she said “Ah! it is not a surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” she said and continued “Though we always pursued him for his beauty in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.”
The lake frowned in confusion “b-but, was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked. “Who better than you would know that?” the goddess asked in wonder. “After all, it was by your bank he knelt each day to contemplate himself.” The lake became silent for a minute not knowing what to say. Finally, the lake answered “I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because each time he knelt beside my bank, I could see, in the depths of his eyes my own beauty reflecting.” To say that the goddess was surprised was an understatement.
What a beautiful story! right? I bet you people are in awe after reading this. I came across this story in a book that I was reading and instantly fell in love with it. so, I wanted to share this small piece of fiction with you all.
So, what do you think? Is Narcissus more Narcissistic or the lake, hmm?
The flower on the left is the Narcissus.