The Dying Flame

I have always had my own reservations about people who celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries. The incongruity is that they may misconstrue every year lost in their lives as another year added unto them. People think they are gaining more years only to realize they are rather losing more years in their lives. It is not the years in your life that matter but the life in your years. It is not how long you have lived but how well you have lived that determines your impact in life.

The days of a man are like the days of a flower. Every step a man takes draws him closer to his grave. We begin to die the day we are born. What then is life but a journey that needs to be embarked upon? The world is like a classroom and everyone else is a student, God is the master teacher. The days and life of a man are pathetic; we live our lives in the dark not knowing the next incident or accident. A life wrongly spent is like the last chance that is squandered. It is just one life we have and cannot live it on trial because it does not have a counterfeit. If you ever stayed close to a dying man you can really tell the nothingness and vanity of life. Death is so cruel, slow, and full of agonies.

One prolific writer asserted that the cemetery is the wealthiest place on the surface of the earth. People die with magnificent dreams that were never achieved. We are only good at planning and forecasting our lives but we do not own the time and tide that will enhance our outcome. Our lives get so bright in the morning but dim and die out by evening. We can only tell that our days are numbered but the numeral in which they are numbered remains a mystery. Man’s life is nothing but a dying flame.

What are you willing to do with the rest of your life you have left? A pencil is made with an eraser to show that there is always another chance, but the eraser on the pencil is not as big as the pencil to also demonstrate that we can equally run out of chances in our lives. Perhaps you have made a lot of mistakes with your pencil in life, just use its complementary eraser to erase and start afresh. It is never too late to renew. When was the last time you did something for the first time? He who resists new things and change embraces mediocrity. Your life and destiny are in your own hands. Don’t just live it, craft and design it how you want it. Make a mark to let the world know you were here. Don’t hide in the corner, else you would die like dog and unrecognized. No river is too wide for me to cross, no mountain is too high for me to climb. Just try climbing it, if you don’t get to the top of it, at least you would wake up with dirt on your fingers, don’t just lay there.

Failure is part of success, but most people don’t succeed because they fear failure. You need not worry about failure but the greatest regret comes with the fact that you did not even try when you had the opportunity to. Take all the chances in life, explore all opportunities. Thomas Edison said he didn’t fail but only learned how to do the right the next time. Many of life’s failures did not realize how close they to success when they gave up. They gave up an inch to their goal after digging so many miles down.

Life in itself is a risk. You rather choose to risk your life and achieve than to secure it and risk your destiny. It’s even riskier not to take risks. It’s all risky. The minute you were born at got risky. The place you have found yourself now is risky. If you think trying is risky, then wait until you are handed the bill for not trying. Your dream life awaits at the end of your comfort zone. If you even lock yourself in the safest place on earth, I don’t think you will live a thousand years but perhaps you might be the least recognized of your caliber. To the optimist, the glass is always half full but to the pessimist, the glass is always half empty. Why will the same measure affect people differently? It all depends on how you look at it. Our lives are always affected by the way we think things are but not the way they are. Life in itself is a risk, how then do we live it well with the fear of taking risks. The greatest people on the surface of the earth are people who ever took fatal risks. Small people seek security and will always live their lives down to mediocrity. As entrepreneurs say, the higher the risk, the higher the returns. Your flame is dying out. It will die out anyway but you still have a little of it left. If you were aware that you just had a left to pass on, what would you do to be remembered?

Life is both sugar and poison. You have to watch it. Don’t try to fit in, you don’t belong there, stand out. The world is looking up to you; generations ahead are expecting to read about you. Live your life to the fullest and forget about writing your own history, people will write your history. As we live, we make history, but no history is worth a thinker’s dawn than the history we make today.

You can only change your world by changing the way you look at it.

Bushiran Ibrahim Witol

RN, Web and Graphic Designer

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