Today in English class, we were asked to use the internet to translate the above phrase. “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus”. Interesting, and obviously Latin. Turns out it’s the motto of Hogwarts School, and it means, “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon.” Interesting choice of words.
What does it mean? Don’t stir up unnecessary trouble? Don’t aggravate little issues to turn them into full blown problems? Let a sleeping dog lie? Or all of the above?
I know I have plenty of “dragons” in my life, both physical and invisible (though all of them are metaphorical, unfortunately I don’t have my own winged beast to breathe fire onto the pile of homework that’s waiting for me after I finish this post) and maybe instead of trying to fix everything I should just accept some things the way they are. No friendships will be perfect. Some of them might even be FAR from perfect. Life doesn’t always happen the way I’d like it to. Just when we think we have everything all planned, God throws a monkey wrench at the plans and laughs at us for thinking we had it all figured out.
Maybe I should just learn to roll with the punches more, and take things as they come. Maybe I should stop tickling those sleeping dragons because if I do, sooner or later they’re going to wake up and BAHAHA fire all over me. Perhaps it’s time to simply accept certain things as being the way they are, rather than devoting so much time and energy to trying to change the unchangeable.
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus!