Letting go of the Weight

Titanic is my all-time favorite movie. It’s a work of art, and it was wonderfully done from beginning to end. Not to mention, Leonardo DiCaprio was at his peak level of attractiveness during this time in his life and he definitely is one of the reasons I can’t get enough of it. That being said, even if he wasn’t in it, it would still be one of my top films. Now as much as I adore this motion picture, there is one part of it that I can’t seem to get over, and it’s not what you think. Everyone gets hung up over the fact that Jack and Rose could have both fit on the door, but that doesn’t bother me. What concerns me is that there were all of those thousands of people in the water, and yet no one else went for the door! It just doesn’t make sense! If you’re in water that’s literally cold enough to freeze you, everyone should have been beating each other up to get to that convenient floating piece of wood, but they didn’t! They just stayed there and waited to die!

Now that my little rant is over, I can get to the point of this blog post. After the RMS Titanic sinks, and the people have been out at sea for quite some time, help finally arrives. When it does, Rose is seen floating on that infamous door, while Jack has literally frozen to death in the water. She’s still holding his hand, and when she hears the man yelling for survivors, she tries in an effortless attempt to wake him up. It’s quite clear that she loves him, and that she wants to hold on to him, but if she stays there with him or if she tries to bring his lifeless body with her as she tries to get the attention of her rescuers then she would end up suffering the same fate as her beloved. She’s presented with two options— life or death. And as anyone who’s ever watched this film knows, she chooses life.

Staying there with him and waiting to die wouldn’t have been what he wanted her to do. He wanted her to live a full life, and to die an old, old lady, warm in her bed, and if she had decided to stay there she couldn’t have done that. So in order to move on with her life, she had to let go of his weight so that she could live. And sometimes you have to do the same thing.

There are things in your life right now that are preventing you from doing what you want to do. Holding on to that excess baggage is keeping you stuck in the same position that you can’t seem to escape from. You can’t ever expect to move on to bigger things if you have a weight that’s crushing you down and stopping you from getting to where you want to be.

Sometimes you think that it’s easier to keep that weight there. Yes, you may not be getting what you want, but at least you’re still staying afloat. At least you’re not drowning. You’re not sad about your life, but you’re not happy either, and this in between state is keeping you from drowning, but it’s also keeping you from truly living. If you drop that weight and get into the water, you don’t know what’s going to happen, and that’s scary. You might freeze up and wind up calling it quits before you make it to your final destination. You might bump into so many obstacles along the way that you get tired and defeated and give up before you get what you want. Or you may get all the way to the end, but it might not be what you were expecting. All of these things could very well happen, but do you know what’s never going to happen if you decide to hold on to that weight…

You won’t ever know what could have been.

You can’t let that happen to you. Positive thinker, you have to throw away everything that’s holding you back so that you can finally be free to reach your goal. And even if you make it to the end and it’s not what you expected, you can keep on trying it again until you get what you want. You’re life has the potential to be what you envision it to be. You just have to be brave enough to take that first step…

Let go.