Atlas is a bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, New York City, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. It was created by sculptor Lee Lawrie with the help of Rene Paul Chambellan, and it was installed in 1937.
The sculpture is in the Art Deco style, as is the entire Rockefeller Center. Atlas in the sculpture is 15 feet tall, while the entire statue is 45 feet tall, as high as a four-story building. It weighs seven tons, and is the largest sculpture at Rockefeller Center. The North-South axis of the armillary sphere on his shoulders points towards the North Star as seen from New York City. (courtesy Wikipedia)
Do you ever feel as if you are carrying the world (or universe depending on how heavy it feels) on your shoulders? I’ve been feeling that way as of late. There is just so much going in in my little corner of the cosmos. Some of it is exciting, some just a pain in the rear, some a bit daunting, scary and nerve wracking; some depressing and very sad. But that is life isn’t it at times? Be that as it may the end goal should be to conquer all of those things and scratch them off your list; be the ruler of your domain. My list has so many scratch ons and scratch offs I’m surprised the paper I write it on hasn’t exploded. I did empty out one automatic pencil with my listings truth be told.
When we feel weighed down the idea is to gird up and get a handle on it before it handles you. Things aren’t always that easy though. Sometimes horrible things happen in life that just knock you right on your behind: you have health issues or a loved one is sick. You have a nasty break up or divorce. Your boss hands you a ton of complicated things to do or your boss hands you a pink slip. A friend you thought was your friend stabs you in the back. Someone you love is taken away from you violently or otherwise or they chose for whatever reason to no longer be in your life. The list goes on and on and on making you feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders…or sometimes that the world has just rolled over you.
So what do you do to remedy the weighty situation? Cry, drink, get angry, shout and scream, withdraw…or pray, seek solace with friends and family who care and understand; speak with your spiritual leader; talk to your mom, sister, bestie, significant other. Get involved in something else that lifts your spirits like exercise or volunteering somewhere. See a therapist perhaps. Find a doctor that finally diagnoses things and gets you started on the proper treatment. As there are so many things that can weight one down, there are many ways (hopefully because not all of us have the same pool to pull from when it comes to getting help) to lighten the load. And occasionally we are grateful for our burdens as they are teaching us something in life and they humble us while making us stronger. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Sometimes I really wonder about that saying.
All of us have different “weights” upon us at time and we all have different support systems. It’s all relative. One persons load may feel and be as large as the universe while another may be just a very persistent pesky pebble (try saying that three times fast). Here’s to lighter loads and wonderful supports for all of us.