When you look at fire, what do you generally think of? How much of a safety hazard it is? How bright it is? Do you feel more anxious the closer you get to it? If so, then you most likely feel the same way about life.

It’s common sense that fires need to be fed constantly in order to keep going. If the fire is neglected, then it will no doubt go out before you know it. This kindled fire is akin to life: if you neglect to do anything beyond your limitations, you’ll just end up with a short life filled with absolutely nothing. Sure, you’ve “lived a life” and became “successful”, but what does it really mean to be successful? Does it mean that you have done something you wanted, or is it just gaining something that most people don’t have?

People usually believe that having lots of money makes them successful, but is that really true? Yes, your bills are paid but does that mean your desires are paid for as well? It’s just baffling to see someone work at a job only for the money and not the experience.
Coming back to the fire analogy, why did you start a fire? Was it to outshine other infernos built around you? Or was it to give warmth not only to you, but to those around you that you deeply care about? Reasons for living (and keeping the embers going) are important, because they help us strive for near-impossible goals. When our ancestors created warmth from a few sparks, they had the desire to live another day and see to it that their children did as well. Today, it’s not as intense, but we do things because we want to. Singers breathe all their feelings out because they wish to express what they have experienced in a way that sends chills down our backs.

Now, upon building a fire, there is a responsibility to it. What you do with your fire is your choice. It shouldn’t be uncontrollable to the extent that it could cause harm to those around you. In life, what you do affects others as well. You could either join with the other flames of life to create one huge, warm bonfire or clash with them to make an uncontrollable burning monster that could burn someone into a crisp.

Responsibilities shouldn’t stop you from doing anything, however. Being too scared to start a fire could lead to some difficulties. For instance, say that you are camping out on a cold night. The group you’re with wishes to build a fire, but all of you are too scared to start a fire for fear of making a mistake. What happens? You don’t die, but you spend one uncomfortable night huddling up against each other searching for warmth. The main point is, don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Sure, you accidentally burn someone. But you have the power to control how bad the burn will be. A small lick of the flame won’t kill them. It hurts, sure, but it’s just something they got to push through. Life will do the same. It will lick you with it’s searing tongue, which, of course, won’t feel so hot. You should plow through it, though, for it will be worth it.

So, what’s the moral of the story? Take care of your life like you take care of fire. Both of them are extremely important to you. Neglecting to watch over neither of them will lead to quite some problems. And it’s okay if you mess them up, there’s always countless opportunities to keep them going and going until it’s actually time to put the fire out. When, you ask? Well, that’s for you to decide.