Overwhelmed!Titi Olajide Cole
Yes, this has been my ‘state’ for a while now. I just feel like it’s all a bit much and wonder how much more of these stuffs I could take. So much rhetorics about looking inwards and getting strength from within, all loads of crap. When you are overwhelmed, you are overwhelmed, there’s no two ways about it. Neither can you draw strength from ‘within’ cos at that point, you are ’emptied out’. Do you draw water from a dry well?
The only option is to draw strength from outward sources. Albeit those sources might not be what is needed or even helpful in the long run, one clings to it for temporal relief. According to Karl Marx, ‘religion is the opium of the masses’, I have often found that so many of us ‘overwhelmed folks’ cling to religion, not because we love God, we have made it a ‘coping mechanism’ to distract us from the reality of our lives. Others find solace in drugs, alcohol, sex, deviancy and cultism/fraternity and all sorts.
Let’s face it, we all want to be part of something right? Abraham Maslow got that right with his ‘hierarchy of needs’ table. I need you, you need me. We need each other. We are conditioned to ‘stay strong’ even when life shatters you, so we all go about our day ‘acting strong’ instead of being 100% real with one another.
So, this month, make it a point of duty to reach out to people ‘blindly’, you never know who is ‘overwhelmed’ at the moment.
Drop me a line about your thoughts on the matter.
Happy New month!