The other day I was watching a video by "Hard Science", a fun Youtube channel that takes the laws of science and turn them into extraordinary things. In this episode, one of the hosts, Anthony, is set on fire and remains unharmed due to the protective coating of chemicals that was placed on him. This video gave me an idea of where I could take this post.
Fire is a remarkable thing, in small doses, it can keep you warm and make you feel safe. In large doses, it could level a forest. People forget it also can be contributed to properties of rebirth. Just like the phoenix from mythology and Fawkes from Harry Potter (above), the bird bursts into flames when it is ready to die and gets reborn in the ashes. In nature we see a similar property where the ashes actually provide the proper nutrients needed to create a new forest where a volcano had erupted or a forest fire had spread. Indirectly, we are seeing a similar aspect on Western Carolina's campus right now. Last semester, we had a horrible fire spread through our downtown region and it destroyed various local restaurants. This semester, the burnt structures have been removed and there is little evidence left that the event even happened. Luckily no one was hurt and the business owners were insured, but the miraculous part to this story is that our local area is about to be reborn. The area will be turned into new eating locations combined with state of the art residential halls above the shops. Although it was not on purpose, this fire actually expedited the process for our small town to get recreated and transformed into something exciting and new!
So why haven't we considered setting ourselves ablaze? Of course I mean this figuratively, but what if we were able to transform ourselves into a better version of ourselves? Take some time and plan out what that person would be like. Try to focus on the inner you, what would you change if you could set your heart on fire and be reborn into a better version? Once you have made the list, create a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Timely) goal setting plan and put it into action. Many people wait for New Years to make their resolutions, but now is just as good time as any to start blazing that trail you wish to create by setting yourself on fire :)