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Burn Within and Without: Create and Live

Burn Within and Without

I believe that we are all born with a special ability to do or feel something. Finding out what it is could be as easy yet complicated as dreaming; it can take no time or a lifetime.

The greatest loss in life, as Norman Cousins held, is not death but what dies inside us while we live.

First, you

Growing up, we are exposed to varied conditions and surroundings. We are fed with different beliefs, lessons—we are raised differently. I believe that how long it takes you to feel or do something of your fire is affected more by you than any conditions.

Wherever we are, we develop interests over time (or don’t). We learn “like” and “dislike,” or we adapt “okay.” Whatever the case, whatever stirs your heart for longer than a usual second, could just be one of the whys you are here.

Survive, live

Life demands survival above all. Survival is an art most people do not stop learning; some, with no control of their own and others, by choice. Sadly, it often becomes the point of life and we leave our fires burning till they die with us.

As you work a job you do not exactly love or one that pays well, there could be something about you, your approach, influences, ideas—it could be simple…

Whether you are more orderly or type slightly faster, whether your math is better or voice clearer… You have perhaps noticed or will, something special about you.

Create

Your gift, your talent, I believe, is the only thing that is truly yours. As you work 8 to 5, as you sit a test, as you doubt it will ever matter, your fire yet burns because you live. Do not ignore it—it is yours; it burns not to destroy but to create.


See you tomorrow!

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Benie Langat

Benie is a poet and fiction writer, living in Nairobi, Kenya. He shares thought-provoking discussions, and occasionally does spoken word poetry and plays. Benie is also a freelance content and article writer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry.

4 replies

  1. Well said, Benie. We sometimes mess life up for ourselves by making unwise choices with long-lasting impacts. We marry someone with whom we have little in common or someone abusive or alcoholic. We take a course of study in college that will earn us money and prestige and find we are miserable in that line of work. We drink and drive and become disabled in an accident or worse, we injure someone else and have to live with the guilt. The ways to make bad choices are endless.

    I think parents and schools can provide young people with more opportunities to make decisions, make minor mistakes, suffer consequences of their actions, and have a variety of experiences that help us discover who we are. I think that might lead to happier, more fulfilled lives. 🙂

    Thank you, Benie for posting on this thought-provoking topic. Be well! ❤

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    1. I am glad that you found it relatable, Cheryl, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I agree that parents and teachers hold such great influence and I also envision a world of dreamers. Be well too; thank you so much! ❤

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