Respect the fire!
Two years ago when we last walked on fire, I felt like I was a seasoned veteran. After all the Hooplas I knew going into kickoff I would walk and had no worries or thought of being burnt. ‘No way it’s easy’ I told my family and friends. I stood at the end of the fire pit thinking not of goals or how if I put my mind to something I can overcome anything.
To be honest I’m not sure what I was thinking as I realized it was my turn to stroll across the hot coals. I took those steps and walked as I had done so many times before but as I stepped off felt what I can only describe as a small bite or hot spot on my foot. I wasn’t fully in the moment and didn’t respect what was going on.
The pain lasted only a minute and I didn’t feel a thing the next day but now I know. It’s not about knowing you won’t be burnt, it’s about giving your all to something and knowing you can do anything you put your mind to. This year I’ll take my time, maybe go last, and respect the fire.
— Brad Swift