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.
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.
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.
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!
Benson Langat is a poet, fiction writer, and freelancer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry. Benie is a dad and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.