I live in California. We get a lot of fires here. Most people who come to visit this state are concerned about earthquakes, but fires are way more frequent. I've lived here (almost) 18 years and I've probably only felt one or two earthquakes that were strong enough to stop me in my tracks. It's not earthquakes that I worry about, it's the fires.
I'm not one to sit around worrying about natural disasters, but, the ones occurring right now have me a little worried. Tons of people have lost their homes, many people are missing, and some are deceased. It's tragic, and the fires just keep getting worse. Even a decent distance away, the air quality is bad where I live. There's ash in the air, it reeks of smoke, and we are warned to stay indoors. So, yeah, I'm a little more worried than usual.
This whole scenario has me going into deep thought about life. Whenever something tragic happens, suddenly we cling to things. Even when tragedy isn't “here”, we can expect it to come some day. The fires aren't in my city, but that doesn't mean that perhaps some day my city will be in flames as well - I just can't know.
If I stand in certain places, I can see the flames. But anywhere that I go, I can smell it in the air. I don't need to look for it to know that it's there. You don't need to worry about tragedy coming, because it is. We all know that it is. While that's a sad thought, it's important to ask yourself questions. What will you cling to when tragedy hits? Where will you go? How will you deal with the situation?
We can't change the fact that tragedy will come. But, we can take a close look at our core values. We can prepare for the future, and, sometimes the best way to do that is to help others. Fires are going to come, so how are you preparing for them?
Fires are interesting, because they grow. They spread, the destroy, and they're relentless. Tragedy, in our lives, is not like the earthquake. It's not a quick moment of destruction and then back to restoration and normal life. No, tragedy is like fire - if you don't fight or prepare than the fires will just keep growing.
I live in California. We get a lot of fires here, but there's still many who choose to be here. The thing is, there's natural disasters everywhere you go. No matter where you go, you're going to find danger. No matter who you are, you're going to face tragedy. But, life doesn't have to be all about that.