If you are lost in the forest, burn it down.
Really, is that sane, practical advice to give anyone, let alone advice you want to take?
I’d like to believe only a crazy person would be so stupid as to think that’s a viable way to get out of the mess they’ve made, but apparently I’m in the minority. It seems even close members of my so-called family think it’s better to burn down a whole forest, rather than take logical steps to find a way out of a mess (usually) of their own making.
Do we blame it on a Millennial mindset, a lack of communication skills, or people (very lazy people apparently) who prefer taking the easy way out? The truth may be lost in translation, as I feel like I no longer speak the same language than anyone under the age of 30. Hell, under the age of 40!
Why am I talking about this? Mostly because a niece of mine decided it was easier to ‘napalm’ the situation she found herself in, rather than communicate her way out of it. As a result, not only are all the bridges incinerated, every road or avenue that we once shared are now gone: burnt to a crisp.
There’s no taking back what was said. No going back to how things were, good or bad.
I stand outside the conflagration, and blink back tears. I don’t know if it’s from all the smoke still lingering between us … or from the fact we’ll never talk again.