During my senior year of high school, my older youngest brother told me about called Berserk.
He recommended that I should check it out. I was immediately sold on the name.
I remembering watching the first episode and I was instantly hooked like a fish and smitten by the story line, the characters, the fighting, music etc.
After I finished watching it in Japanese, I watched it again and then watched it I Spanish to improve my overall command of the language.
When you watch an anime 3 times that’s when you know you really like it.
However, I’m not writing a critique about the anime about how awesome it is and why you should watch.
I want to talk about a unique moment in one episode of the anime that represents people’s dreams and how it truly relates to life.
The main character Guts wounded and banged up after killing 100 hundred men he’s rescued by his leader Griffith and the army he’s a part of.
During the episode, he’s on top of a hill which overlooks the giant camp of the Hawks. He’s later joined by another character named Casca who is a highly skilled warrior for a woman and his future lover.
She comes up there to put some special medicine on his wounds and they small talk. However, there’s an interesting dialogue where Guts starts talking about some of the men’s dreams in the army he’s in, Casca’s and the leader Griffith’s dreams.
Then Guts say’s “It seems that everyone is still betting on their unrequited hopes. Looking over all of them from here makes me think that I can see…their little dreams and hopes…flickering in each light.
Then Casca says’ ” Like a bonfire of dreams”
Gut then says ” that was beautiful” and then he teases her about saying it then
Casca says ” Your right”, ” I think that each one of them…shine their own wisp of light when they gather together”
Guts says “Yeah , and to keep those faint lights from withering out”, “They join their light with the strongest of them all…a powerful fire called Griffith…but I won’t find my light among them”
And I thought wow, this is one of the powerful scenes and dialogue in the anime that totally relates to life.
Everybody on this planet who can think and isn’t mentally disabled all have a bonfire that represents their dreams, hopes, desires etc.
Some people have a small, medium, large , or gigantic bonfire of dreams when they’re children, young adults but something happens to a lot of people’s bonfires as they get older.
It starts to grow dimmer, becomes a faint light, and eventually starts to wither away. Their bonfire slowly dies and they lose hope in it. So they abandon, join or become part of someone bonfire who have a bigger powerful fire that eventually extinguishes theirs forever.
One of the worst things and biggest sins to do to yourself is extinguished your own bonfire. Because when you do that all your dreams, all your goals, and all your ideas will slowly fade away into nothingness.
Basically, you gave up on yourself, you told yourself that were not good enough for whatever reason to accomplish what you wanted to do, what you envisioned for yourself, and what you could’ve become.
You have self-terminated yourself and gave up on being the best version possible of your future self. And that is one of the most horrible things you could ever do to yourself.
When you’re on your deathbed as famously written by Myles Monroe and quoted by Les Brown.
“The ideal situation for a man or woman to die is they have family members praying with them as they cross over.” He said “But imagine if you will being on your deathbed and standing around your bed, the ghost of the dreams, the ideas, the abilities, the talents given to you by life and that you, for whatever reason, you never went after that dream. You never acted on those ideas. You never used those talents. You never used those gifts, and there they are standing around your bed looking at you with large angry eyes, saying, “We came to you, and only you could have given us life, and now we must die with you forever.”
And the question is, if you die today, what dreams, what ideas, what talents, what books, what music, what leadership, what voice will die with you? Myles Monroe, the great orator, and speaker said, “The wealthiest place in the planet is not in the far east where there’s oil in the ground, it’s not in South Africa where there are diamond mines.” He said, “The wealthiest place on the planet is the cemetery. There you’ll find the greatness that we’ve never seen. There you’ll find talent and genius and potential never actualized.”
When I heard that and read that, I thought “Wow…that is so true, powerful and scary that is”.
I never want to be on my deathbed, or be dying and having that experience of the dreams, the ideas, and the abilities I never acted on standing around me looking at me with angry eyes cursing at me for not acting upon them.
I’m sure nobody would want to wish that experience upon themselves who are self-motivated and ambitious.
In this world, I believe if you want your bonfire to grow bigger and stronger you have to forge your own destiny and step out of others.
There’s nothing wrong with helping people achieve their dreams, goals and material needs.
You need people to help you succeed in life
However, you have to act upon your dreams and goals and take action regardless of the outcome, it’s important to have a plan.
But the course of action in getting what you want in life is taking continuous action, continuous learning, and continuous trial and error.
If you don’t take this approach to the life you want, your bonfire will eventually diminish, burnout, or become a part of somebody’s raging bonfire of ambitious dreams.
From this day and onward focus on putting your dreams, ideas and abilities into action to forge yourself into the person you want to be to have life you want to live.
If you can do that, your bonfire will always burn brilliantly big and never be extinguished.
– Larentay Walker
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