The first thing that came into my head when I saw the word carry was that each of us, have a baggage that we carry. While some may be light (in another’s perspective), others are so heavy that they hold us down.
We all go through life carrying things.
Some of us carry so much pain and hurt within us that we never seem to get rid of it. Some things are capable of being let go of and others are just carried forward.
It may be a heartbreak that you can’t seem to get over, a trauma you’ve witnessed or something that may have happened that you’re unable to let go of.
The baggage that we carry can either become accumulated over time. Have you repeatedly been told you’re not good enough? Have you constantly been underestimated? Have you been treated for dirt for so long that you’ve started believing that you deserve it?
They can also be due to one significant event. Someone you love just left without an explanation? Someone you trusted with your life betrayed you? Has someone you truly care about just departed?
There are some kinds of shock that we never recover from. You carry them around and they either get lighter or we become stronger with time.
Our emotional cargo builds so quietly and steadily that often, we don’t even notice how heavy our weight is. Day after day, week after week, year after year, it slowly mounts on our backs, our hearts and the recesses of our minds.
We feel the consequences, but don’t know the root of the suffering. The question is, how do we solve this? How do we begin to unload such a burden?
The answer lies within ourselves. We need to introspect.
What keeps you up at night? What is the source of your guilt, your sorrow, your pain or your frustration? Maybe you were wronged by a friend, or maybe, you’re the one who was wrong.
Maybe you lost a loved one, or maybe, you harbor guilt about not being the person you want to be. These are questions only you can answer.
Once we identify the source, we can begin to remove ourselves from its influence. We can pull the weeds from the garden so we can nourish the flowers and fruits of our constructive endeavors.
Be gentle with yourself and take your time to recover. Forgive yourself for whatever you’re holding back on. Free yourself because you deserve freedom from the pain.
“Everyone has baggage, maybe we should help each other carry it.”