When it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders…

16831009_1319495278123827_4222685105763325865_n“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”

“I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”

“To shrug.” – Ayn Rand

For those of your who are into hitting the gym, lifting weights, I say this: when it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders… squat.

To the rest of you: massive action.

That’s it.

I used to victimize myself over all the bad things that happened to me. I was depressed and anxious and in poor health and poor and pessimistic. The world was a terrible place.

Why did this had to happen to me?

It doesn’t stop it from happening though.

We’re all like Atlas. No matter our jobs, our influence in the world. None of it matters. We all carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We are all given this task, and complaining about it won’t change anything.

But doing something about it…

The only way to become stronger, better, faster, richer, more talented, more influential, is to venture into the center of your fears. What you’ll discover there, fortunately, won’t be darkness or death or oblivion, but rather the realization that fear is an illusion.

“Many layers of fear, afraid of itself.”

You can spend your whole life being afraid that the weight is going to eventually crush you. And it will. Eventually.

Or you can spend your whole life being more afraid that if you don’t become stronger, the weight is going to crush you…

What I am really trying to say is, fear is a double edged sword. Much like hope.

You can turn fear in on itself.

Be more afraid of not taking action. Of wasting precious time complaining.

When things go wrong, when there seems to be no way out, the last thing you want to do is ignore your problems. Hope they’ll go away. Because they won’t. They never do.

The weight you have to carry has be given to you without you asking for it.

The same way, if you want to grow as a person, you can’t do only the things that are easy. Or when you feel like doing them.

That is what Atlas teaches us.

Whether you want it or not, the weight is always on your shoulders. And it’s not getting any lighter.

Remember this.

There won’t be a day when you won’t have to struggle to get what you want. There won’t be peace and comfort. The sooner you realize this, the better.

Keep your head high, no matter what.

Stumble from defeat to defeat until you achieve victory.

Fail your way to success.

Don’t cry, don’t whine.

Just keep putting on foot in front of the other.

And some days you’ll be lucky enough to forget about the weight of the world on your shoulders…

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6 thoughts on “When it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders…

  1. I remember when a nephew was wondering if he should go to graduate school. It seemed liked a difficult, long-term goal. I commented that whether he went to school or not, the two years would pass. He could have a degree at the end or not. His mother told me, after he graduated, that those words made sense and he decided to go. Inaction doesn’t take you anywhere. Who knows where action will lead? Move forward. Good blog.

  2. Love this bit: “The only way to become stronger, better, faster, richer, more talented, more influential, is to venture into the center of your fears. What you’ll discover there, fortunately, won’t be darkness or death or oblivion, but rather the realization that fear is an illusion.” – I did, I rose up from the ashes.

  3. My grandmother would always tell us Greek myths as bedtime stories when I was young. Athena and Atlas were always my favorite. It wasn’t until I was much older, of course, that I understood the metaphoric nature of Atlas. But that made me love his story even more.

  4. A very emotional piece and I understand that feeling when you feel the the weight of the whole world on your shoulders and about your fears All I can say from my experience don’t get attached to the situations around you what has happened is gone Every day is a new day and a new experience when you start living on that motto then what has happened does not affect you and what is coming also you just start living in the moment and you start enjoying each moment I hope this helps Take care 😊

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