If there is one metaphor for life, that's the Little Prince, my favorite book in the entire world.
You know, the Little Prince lives on a planet with his rose and volcanoes, and he goes on a trip to see the other planets.
Every character in the book is golden, but tonight I'll tell you about the baobab trees. You know, we each have a planet. The wind brings seeds to our planet, and little baobab sprouts may resemble small rosebushes. We may believe in them, we might think they will grow into something beautiful, we tend to them. But they are in fact baobab seeds, and if we let them grow too big, they will take over our planet and break it into small pieces. So we must uproot them as soon as we realize they are baobab trees.
Just take my word and read this book if you haven't already, it's just beautiful.