Stuck: A Story of Stagnation

[Credit: Priscilla Du Preez @priscilladupreez]

It was my sophomore year of college. My first apartment. And needless to say, It was the spot. The dopeness. So dope in fact that on one night, we hosted the biggest party of the semester. Red cups in hand. Loud music. Louder personalities. Liquor bottles lined to both ends of our kitchen counter. And it didn’t stop there, as the party reached our elevator. College kids shoulder to shoulder, packed like a carton of cigarettes. By the time we reached the ground floor, we were greeted with a loud thud. Lights flickering. Buttons on the fritz. I was drunk, furious, border-line claustrophobic.

I was stuck.

It was a few summers ago. My friends and I spent the summer in Tokyo. We decided to take the train to Kamakura. The ancient capital off the coast of Japan. Home to the Great Buddha (Daibatsu). To our surprise, the beaches were practically empty. Clear, warm waters. Golden brown sand. Being the tourists that we were, we decided to swim beyond the limits. Under buoys and barricades. It was then when I failed to realize the direction of the tide, as I wound up swimming farther and farther away from the coastline. Before I knew it, saltwater began rushing through my eyes. I was desperate, nervous, all while swallowing the Pacific.

I was stuck.

Perhaps these are completely unrelated events, with completely unrelated circumstances. But you don’t have to be between four walls, or amongst raging waves to be stuck.

You maybe stuck into a category, how people define or see you. Perhaps you’re stuck in a situation, a set of unplanned circumstances. You may even be stuck in someone’s expectations, what people may think or expect of you.

But remember, there will always be a way out. There will always be that firefighter, crowbar in hand, to pry the door open. There will always be that lifeguard rushing by on a jetski with a life preserver.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should give in, or give up. But it takes a wise person to know when to back off. When to find an alternate course. And above all else, when to find help.

Find your lesson. Find your escape. Find yourself.