Nonsky

Nonsky

Understanding my own mortality is the biggest change I’ve made in my life. I got set on fire at the Burning Man event in America when I was doing some fire spinning and a friend accidentally set his beard on fire. When I jumped in to pat out his beard, he spilled the cup of fuel over me. I was severely burned across twenty two percent of my body, I still have a lot of scarring from it. 

This really connected me to my own mortality, with the fact that even though I’m strong, capable and young, that I am just as capable of dying as everybody else. It’s something obvious when you think about it but to know it emotionally is a very different thing. 

It made my family appreciate me, which was very unexpected. They always looked at me in a loving way, while disapproving of my life in a lot of ways.Specifically in trying to be a professional artist, that’s something that my parents have always put a lot of doubt about in me, about if it would be financially successful. But then I decided after the accident that life is too short to do stuff that you don’t want to do. 

My brother in law put it pretty nicely recently, he said that it made everyone realize how much they love me. And the same counts for myself, it made me realize how much I love being capable and alive, how much I love my family and all my wonderful friends. If anything it just solidified the life paths that I was already on, but it made me much more confident in them. 

My seed for change? You need to go on an adventure if you want change, there’s no adventure without an element of risk of danger. At the same time you should always mitigate the danger with common sense, but that’s a lesson a lot of people won’t learn until they touch their mortality. 

Nonsky